It was the perfect weather for a naked run and dozens took advantage of the blazing sunshine to take part in the annual Polar Bear charity run at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Over 100 brave runners took part in the sponsored streak that raised almost £5,000 to help conservation efforts for endangered polar bears throughout the world.
Volunteers jogged or walked the 3/4 mile course wearing nothing but running shoes and polar bear masks at the award-winning park which is home to four majestic polar bears.
“It was a fantastic day and as we’re in the height of summer, it was a great opportunity for volunteers to bare all for a good cause!” says Cheryl Williams Trustee of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation (YWPF), which is based at the park, at Branton, near Doncaster.
“It’s great to see more people getting involved each year. Everyone had lots of fun while also sending out an important message,” she added. “The funds raised are vital to our cause and really make a massive difference to the lives of polar bears in the wild.”
The species numbers have been hit by sea ice losses that have restricted their habitat and prey.
YWPF is at the forefront of conservation for the species and works closely with Polar Bears International on research and fund-raising projects.
YWP is home to bears Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby who live at the 10-acre Project Polar - one of the biggest polar bear enclosures in the world.
“The run took place after the day visitors left the park. Each year the event is respectful to everyone involved and has an 18+ policy in action on the evening,” added Ms Williams.
Entrants were encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible for daring to bare, left their clothes in a secure changing area and received a commemorative medal at the end of the run.
Runners registered in advance at £12 per person with all proceeds going to the conservation work of the Project Polar campaign.
The Foundation, established in 2013, has also worked with many welfare and conservation projects for carnivores ranging from Amur leopards and Amur tigers to Africa’s most endangered species, the Painted Hunting Dog.
YWP, which puts conservation at the heart of all its activities, offers visitors a mesmerising walk through experience – coming almost face to face with some of the world’s most beautiful and at-risk species, including Amur Leopards and Tigers, Lions, Giraffes, Rhinos and many more.
The park, which opened in 2009, has grown to become the country’s no1 wildlife experience, offering families an entertaining and educational day out.
More information can be found on www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com or www.ywpfoundation.com