Running from Extinction 2021

by Raptor Foundation in Alconbury, England, United Kingdom

Running from Extinction 2021

Total raised £1,551

raised so far

+ est. £284.25 Gift Aid



To cover 750 miles by bike and treadmill over 8 days to raise money for our bird of prey Rescue charity, while also donating 20% to the IVP.

by Raptor Foundation in Alconbury, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 15th March 2021 we'd raised £1,551 with 46 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Running from Extinction 2021


This last year it has become more evident than ever how important our natural world & wildlife is. Many have been able to rediscover & reconnect with the natural world. However, despite our enjoyment of the outdoors, many species worldwide are facing unprecedented threats. Threats that could see countless species go extinct in less than 100 years. So to raise awareness, we want to join forces & help animals Run from Extinction & push those timelines back as far as possible as a community. 

Despite the events of 2020, we in the UK had the wildlife sighting potentially of a lifetime, for the second time on record a bearded vulture graced our shores & summered here before heading back home in the autumn. Vigo’s journey was one that captured many people in the UK, even those who were not perhaps aware of vultures. He became an important conservation ambassador for his species & for vultures in general with national news & social media following his every move carefully. Vigo practically flew past our doorstep here at the Raptor Foundation, appearing only 20 mins from our site & one of our keepers was lucky enough to go & spot him in person. Vigo left our country in October & made an astonishing journey back home to the Alps. In that time Vigo has now been identified as ‘Flysch’ a bird hatched in 2019, her father a wild hatched bird & her mother a captive bred bird, reintroduced into the Alps in 2006 due to the brilliant work the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) & partners have been carrying out.

So to Run from Extinction this year we wanted to follow Flysch’s example & go on a journey. However, due to COVID, crossing the channel etc is not feasible so we will do it virtually instead. We want to run & cycle the journey Flysch took from the Haute-Savoie region of the Alps to the place where she was first sighted in the UK last June, Kenilworth. This will be a journey of 750 miles that we will undertake across 8 days. During these days we will be fundraising not only for our centre, but 20% of all money raised will be donated to the International Vulture Programme, a conservation effort we are a part of to help vultures worldwide. We will be discussing vultures, birds of prey & raptors both in a general sense & related to our residents at the centre. We will also be holding virtual learning sessions for any child, young adult or adults who wishes to view it & we are also hoping to carry out short virtual interviews with keepers/personal from other zoological collections/conservation organisations so they can discuss their own conservation efforts & help spread awareness for other species & collections. 

The event will have sections that are streamed online across the 8 days & there will even be the chance to add punishments or rewards for those who are running/ cycling at the time as well as a fun & educational atmosphere.

We may be a large rescue centre for Raptors here in the UK, but on the scale we are only a small zoological collection, but we want to leave a big impact and help the world run from extinction!


This project offered rewards

£1 or more

We will say thank you and hello !

we will give a shout out to you or a loved one when we are live ! remember to leave a name !!

£4 or more

give us a break

give one of our keepers a 10 min break and add half a mile to the total!

£5 or more

We will sing Happy Birthday to a loved one !

we will sing you or a loved one happy birthday (great for embarrassing any one in your house hold)

£6 or more

Help us Run!

with donation put how many miles you have covered (in a day) and we will put half to total our our run. (to a maximum of 10 miles) P.S thank you we are unfit and need your help.

£10 or more

Punishment: backpack weight

Think we have it too easy, add weight to a keepers backpack for 30 mins (we will add a maximum of 3 sets of weights so if you donate when we are at the maximum weight we extend the time instead)

£25 or more

Ultra punishment : one keeper one heavy backpack!

The ultimate single keeper punishment..... you don't like one of our staff this is the reward for you !one keeper will wear a fully loaded backpack for 30 mins !

£50 or more

Make our keepers go extinct!

Dislike both our keepers, or you just like watching the world burn with this reward the incline and resistance on our equipment will be set to max and both our keepers will have on the punishment backpacks!!

£100 or more

The bronze show off. Pick any 2 rewards!!

With this donation you get any 2 rewards (available or not) as well as bragging rights and a free raptor foundation adoption of a bird or reptile.

£250 or more

The silver show off. pick any 3 rewards!

This donation includes any 3 rewards (available or not) along with a Raptor Foundation adoption, a private 30 min zoom call with any birds available birds and when we re-open we will even throw in a bird handling experience (30 mins with 3 birds).

£500 or more

The gold show off!!!

Has Elliots wish of a millionaire donating finally happened. After making jokes on flying displays for a couple of years asking. do you want to make his wish come true ? This reward contains everything from the silver show off, plus a full special day with our keepers when we re open for you and your family members (restrictions will apply according to covid rulings) this will include every aspect of our park and lunch.

£40 or more

Make a keeper wear a silly costume

during a teaching session one of our keepers will wear a silly costume to help us all learn ! (or hinder the other keeper) This reward has to be selected before the last teaching session on the 21st of feb

£60 or more

Save us !

You don't like us suffering do you? with this reward we will pause all punishments (not cancel them) and lower all settings on machines for 30 mins . This reward also includes a personal thank you a happy birthday if you so wish.

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