Catwalk is a global, 7km outdoor walk, designed to raise awareness about Big Cat conservation. Fun, flexible and inclusive, it’s open to everyone of all abilities and can be achieved in the way that best suits you.
How does Catwalk work?
There are two ways to participate:
Walk up to 7 kilometres, and dedicate your walk to your favourite Big Cat. This will be your Cat Crew.
Walk 700 metres and add on an activity. This shorter distance is designed for children and families.
Anytime on Saturday November 6th 2021
A virtual race, to take place wherever you are. Fun, flexible and inclusive, it’s open to everyone of all abilities and can be achieved in the way that best suits you.
Countdown to Catwalk
Participants will be encouraged to choose which Big Cat they will walk for. This will be their Cat Crew. The Big Cat that has the most people walk on its behalf will be crowned the Winning Cat.
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From Saturday 18th September
your Cat Crew
What is a Cat Crew?
The Catwalk team is keeping count of how many Catwalkers join each Crew, and how far their combined distance is. The day after the Catwalk we will announce the Winning Cat for 2021!
What’s Catwalk Cubs?
Walk 700 metres and show which Cat Crew you are joining by adding on an activity that reflects the nature of your favorite Big Cat (activity details below). This shorter distance is designed for children and families.
Wondering which Cat Crew is for you?
You don’t need to decide until we open registration but here’s an introduction to the Big Cats.
- Long-distance athletes, Snow Leopards cover marathon distances in a single night!
- Snow Leopard’s long fur is adapted to the cold and barren climates in which they live.
- The ultimate mountain adventurers, Snow Leopards live at extreme altitudes of between 2,500 and 5,500 meters above sea level.
- Cheetahs are the fastest land mammal, but only for a few hundred meters before needing a rest!
- The Cheetah’s body is built for speed, with a slender build, long legs, flexible spine, and a flat tail for maneuvering.
- Cheetahs have an iconic spotted yellow coat.
- Carpe Diem: the Cheetah is most active during the day.
- The Jaguar is an excellent swimmer and often hunts for prey in the water.
- The Leopard’s doppelgänger, the Jaguar also sports fetching dark rosettes and solid spots. Dark Jaguars are commonly referred to as ‘Panthers’.
- The tropics-loving Jaguar typically lives in the forest and is known for its strong jaws resulting in a bone-crushing bite.
- The biggest of the Big Cats, the Siberian Tiger is the largest sub-species.
- A night owl, with retractable claws and padded paws for silent stalking.
- A real active all-rounder: fast, strong, and a good climber and swimmer.
- A striking looker, with orange fur and black stripes that continue all the way to the skin!
- A real social swinger, Lions live in groups called ‘prides’.
- A bit of a loudmouth too, the Lion has the loudest roar of any cat.
- The males are the sharpest dressers, with that instantly recognizable lush mane.
- Forget freckles – Lions have whisker holes, with the pattern on each cat a unique fingerprint for life!
- A well-travelled feline, the Leopard has the largest range.
- Leopards have sharp black rosettes, and dark colored Leopards are referred to as ‘Panthers’.
- Leopards are great tree climbers and are pretty fast, strong, and able to swim.
- Solitary and nocturnal, the Leopard will let you know if you’ve crossed the line.
- The Arabian Leopard is a subspecies of the Leopard. If you want to Catwalk for the Arabian Leopard then select this Big Cat.
- The cat of many names, the Puma is also known as the Cougar, Mountain Lion, plus many other labels.
- Largest geographical range of any native terrestrial mammal in the West.
- A cat with spring, the athletic Puma has strong hind legs that make it an excellent high and long jumper.
- The solitary Puma may not be able to roar, but it has a purr that will please!
Why Walk for Big Cats?
The future of Big Cats is under threat, primarily due to diminishing habitat. So, Catwalk is striving for a healthy habitat for Big Cats, and healthy habitats start at home.
A healthy and active lifestyle helps us to respect our own bodies, and engaging with our environments gives us an appreciation for the fundamental role it plays in all life.
Catwalk invites you to ignite physical movement at a local level and, by doing so, trigger the Big Cat conservation movement globally.