Animalympics helping Zoos

Josie has imagined what happens when the Olympics is cancelled and the animal kingdom step up to compete instead.  On hearing the news that zoos were in difficulties, Josie realised that her poem could be put to good use and now the animal kingdom is stepping up to raise funds for their cousins in zoos.

Sharing her vision with athletes, Josie has garnered support from many Olympians, Paralympians and World Champions who are reading their sport’s verse.


How you can help

  • Click the DONATE NOW button below
  • Make a donation on the official GoFundMe page
  • Share with your friends to help get more donations for the zoos

What happens next

  • Once your donation has been received, I will contact you to check which zoo you wish to donate to*
  • From 24 July – 8 August you will receive a daily ‘news report’ video of the activities at the Animalympics, read by athletes themselves
  • Enjoy the videos
  • Share the GoFundMe campaign link with your friends to encourage them to donate


  • Belfast Zoo
  • Chester Zoo
  • Colchester Zoo
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Twycross Zoo
  • Paignton Zoo
  • Welsh Mountain Zoo

The ‘news report’ videos will be brought to you by many athletes, famous in their field. I hope you enjoy hearing them tell the animals’ stories. I am honoured that so many great people have come together to support this fundraiser.  We also have a Very Special Guest from the world of TV reading 3 verses!

I want to help zoos in the UK

What’s next?

If your favourite zoo is not listed and you want to help them as well, please contact Josie to see if it can be added.

In 2021, Josie will publish the Animalympics poem as a book.  To keep up-to-date with the steps to publication, sign up for Josie’s newsletter here.  You will also receive news of other Josie Dom books and events.