A British man is aiming to complete two marathons and climb Mount Kilimanjaro - all with a nine feet toy tiger on his back.

Paul Goldstein, 49, from Wimbledon, has already completed the Brighton marathon with the 30lb tiger on his back.

He is now climbing Africa’s highest peak and intends to follow that by running the London marathon on Sunday.

Mr Goldstein, a wildlife photographer and tour guide, took on the week-long triple challenge to support a charity project to protect the Bengal tiger.

As a tour guide, he has spent many hours watching and photographing tigers in the wild.

“These animals are at tipping point. I deplore the thought of a world without tigers, they matter a great deal to me,” he said.

He wants to raise £50,000 for the Friends of Conservation project in Bandhavgarh. His adventure begins on Sunday in the Brighton Marathon before he travels to Tanzania on Monday to begin the five-day climb of the 5,895m (19,341ft) peak.

The 49-year-old then dons the costume again for the London Marathon on April 26.

He will be speaking at the Royal Geographical Society tonight having been commended in the wildlife photographer of the year competition. “Sure it’ll hurt, but nothing to what tigers are going through,” said Mr Goldstein, adding “They’re worth far more alive than extinct. It’s beyond comprehension at how staggeringly beautiful this animal actually is.”     –Agencies