300 Streakers Run Through London Zoo

(London Zoo)

Even the tiger is gobsmacked. (London Zoo)

In an attempt to raise funds and awareness for the rare subspecies, the Sumatran Tiger, of which only 300 remain, 300 runners stripped down to take part in the London Zoo’s Streak for Tigers on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

The ZSL (Zoological Society of London) London Zoo’s call to action comes across as a playful “dare” reading: “It’s time to unleash your wild side and show us your stripes in support of the ZSL Sumatran Tiger campaign. Have you got what it takes to take on the ultimate challenge of streaking for tigers!?”

The zoo includes a fun fact, that a group of tigers is actually called a “Streak of Tigers” … it all makes sense now.

Some participants ran in the buff, with others adding painted stripes in solidarity for their feline friends, around the 300 meter course to cheering supporters.

The entry fee was £20 for each participant and each was asked to raise £150 from supporters, with the event raising £70,000 so far and still going. Each fundraising pack came with a pair of fabric tiger ears.

All you need to bring is a big smile and your tiger ears … stripes are optional:

All you need to bring is a big smile and your tiger ears ... stripes are optional. (AP)

Runners taking part in the London Zoo’s Streak for Tigers. (Photo via AP)

DJ Rich Clarke caught a snap of the start:

The director of the zoo chimed in:

Some runners really got into the spirit:

As of last night the amount raised was £40,000 … and it is still growing:

If you’d like to read more fun tweets, take part in the conversation or make a donation (it’s not too late) then you can go to the #StreakforTigers or the London Zoo’s website.

There are plenty of more pictures with runners in their birthday suits, bums and all, you can take a cheeky peek by going here.

Would you run naked in public to support a cause you care about?