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About the ZOO RUN

We’re running to save Wildlife

Wondering who is putting on the ZOO RUNs?  Some great big corporation of professional event organisers with great big salaries?Actually we’re just a family and we do all of this for free!  We run the ZOO RUN under the not for profit charity of Wildlife Emergency Ltd.

100% of profits donated to Wildlife Conservation

Our daughter, Tegan, started us off on our fundraising adventure when she was only 11. Since then she has raised over $135K for wildlife.


Here’s a bit of a History of the ZOO RUN

Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

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Zoo Run @ Australia Zoo Warm Up

The 2013 ZOO RUN @ Australia Zoo saw around 500 competitors running through Australia Zoo at Beerwah, raising over $20,000 for the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. This was our best ever event and we could see the potential to help many more wildlife hospitals and other conservation charities around Australia. So we trademarked the ZOO RUN name, learnt all we could about fun runs and started approaching other zoos, wildlife parks.  Now they are approaching US!

$20K raised for the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital!  Awesome!

Tegan with cheque Aust Zoo


Currumbin Wildlife Hospital

cwhf_logo In 2014, the ZOO RUN helped out the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation with a ZOO RUN through Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The Gold Coast was a new market for us and we attracted over 300 competitors raising over $10,000 for the wildlife hospital.

$10,000 for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital!  Awesome Day!

tegan with big cheque and dr mick pyne



I was sitting at $95,500 in 2014 and was looking forward to reaching my self made goal of raising $100K for Wildlife Conservation in 2015 and guess what? We did it with the ZOO RUN @ Bribie!

ZOO RUN @ Bribie Island with Queensland Zoo.

  • Saturday the 30th of May 2015

In conjunction with Queensland Zoo (now renamed as Wildlife HQ). our Bribie Gone Wild Wildlife Festival included the ZOO RUN @ Bribie .

This was our first ZOO RUN where we didn’t actually run through a zoo, but there were still plenty of animals for the participants to enjoy at the festival. The run was held along the beautiful foreshore from Bongaree jetty to the bridge and back.

100% of the profits of the ZOO RUN @ Bribie Island went to a variety of wildlife charities, including Free the Bears Fund (saving Sunbears throughout Asia).

We raised $5225.00 on the day of the ZOO RUN @ Bribie.  Funds were given to Free the Bears Fund via Queensland Zoo now known as Wildlife HQ. 

This brought Tegan’s fundraising total over her $100,000 goal. She had wanted to achieve this goal before finishing high school, so she not only achieved her goal but did it a year and a half early!


ZOO RUN @ Monarto Zoo South Australia

  • Sunday 2nd of August 2015

Our first interstate ZOO RUN!  How exciting!

And with Monarto Zoo being an open plains zoo meant we had so much room that we held our first ever ten kilometre run, plus a five kilometre run. I guess that is a great thing about the ZOO RUN for us – every event is unique because the locations are so different.

We had a great time in the freezing cold weather of South Australia in the middle of winter!  Yikes who picked that date??? 

But with 193 brave runners we managed to raise just over $6700 for the Monarto Zoo Native Breeding Programs


ZOO RUN @ Sea World Gold Coast Queensland

  • Sunday 11th of October 2015.

So excited to be helping the Sea World Rescue and Research Foundation (SWRRF).  Did you know that they have a wildlife hospital at Sea World?  So join us at the ZOO RUN @ Sea World to help marine wildlife!

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The ZOO RUN @ Sea World raised $19,500K for Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation!  How cool is that! _F7A7569


All the different ZOO RUNs will be raising funds by donating 100% of the profits raised to different conservation projects and or wildlife hospitals


What’s in store for 2016?

August 2016 – Sea World


Yes, it is official, we will be returning to Sea World in 2016 to again support marine wildlife conservation through Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation!


September 2016 – Save the Bilby Day


We are very excited as we have been approached to run a National ZOO RUN with the profits from the ZOO RUNs shared with Save The Bilby Fund and various other endangered species breeding programs or other Australian Conservation Projects.

As you can imagine this is a huge project.  We are looking for national sponsors as well as local sponsors to help us with the costs involved in setting this up.

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact us at info@zoorun.com.au

We are working hard to see if this dream is achievable, so please watch this space!