She’s walked locally and internationally and even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of wildlife, but this year she’s leaving her walking boots at home.

Paignton Zoo Mammal keeper Cindy Burton is so passionate about supporting wildlife, not only does she work for a wildlife charity, she also takes it upon herself to raise money to help other charities in her spare time.

This year Cindy plans to cycle 460 miles of The Camino de Santiago in aid of Save the Rhino International.

“Rhino poaching has reached crisis point and across the globe, rhino habitat is shrinking. It’s shocking that today, three of the five species of rhino are Critically Endangered and two of them have fewer than 80 animals left in the wild,” Cindy explains.

Having never attempted a cycling trip before, Cindy is a little nervous but very determined none the less: “This is going to be more challenging than Kilimanjaro because I was very lucky and didn’t struggle with the altitude. With this, I have to keep up with other cyclists and I haven’t been able to do as much training due to my schedule at the Zoo.”

The Camino, also known as the Way of St. James, is the pilgrimage to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, north-western Spain, and is made up of a number of routes through France, Portugal and Spain.

Starting at the first major city of the Spanish Camino, Pamplona, Cindy’s route will take her across a variety of terrains along the old pilgrimage route. “It’s a very popular route, so there will be lots of other people travelling it and more people to see the cause I am supporting.

“I know how hard Save the Rhino International work to help the rhinos so I like to help, even if it’s just to raise awareness. If I raise £100, that’s more than if I didn’t do anything and everyone who takes a moment to read my Just Giving page, will learn more about the charity.”

If you would like to support Cindy and learn more about her cause, please visit her Just Giving page here: 

Quotes An awesome experience. The amount of free space given to the animals was very impressive Quotes