Man to run two marathons and scale mount Kilimanjaro in tiger "suit"
Within the space of a week, an award winning wildlife photographer is preparing to run two marathons and climb Africa's highest peak with a 30lb tiger strapped to his back.
Paul Goldstein, 49, from Pelham Road, Wimbledon, will be running the Brighton Marathon before flying to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and back to England for the London Marathon as part of his Worth More Alive III campaign to help save the Bengal tiger.
And if two marathons and a 5-day climb wasn’t enough of a challenge, he will be doing it all in an aluminium-framed tiger "suit".
He said: "I have got to finish the Brighton one in good time because I have to get to the airport and catch the plane to Kilimanjaro. This is a week that’s going to hurt but those tigers are going to hurt more."
The photographer, who has more than 20 years experience, is hoping to raise more than £50,000 for the Friends of Conservation charity project in Bandhavgarh, India.
At the turn of the last century there were an estimated 45,000 living wild in India’s forests and now there are less than 1,000.
He said: "We are losing the battle. I would like my boys to see them in the wild and to ensure the ravages of Chinese medicines, which have absolutely no medical evidence, are stopped. They don’t work. We are fighting lunacy."
Mr Goldstein will be hosting a charity exhibition, Predators on the Edge, at the Royal Geographical Society in London on April 15 just days before he embarks on the challenge.
He added: "There are still a few animals I want to see in the wild including the snow leopard and the Jaguar. You never get bored of looking at them.
"Too often people think that by taking photographs and publishing them they are doing enough but I disagree. I don’t think a lot of travel companies do enough either."
Travel company Exodus, who Mr Goldstein works for taking tourists on guided photography tours, has pledged to donate £2 every time someone spots Mr Goldstein in his tiger suit by tweeting using #exodustiger.
For more information or to make a donation visit facebook.com/exodustravels, justgiving.com/worthmorealive3, or you can donate £1 to £10 by texting LEFT59 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070.