Each year the American Association of Zoo keepers (AAZK) sponsors a fund raising bowl-a-thon called "Bowling For Rhinos" (BFR). This is similar to the March Of Dimes Walk-a-thon only we bowl and collect donations rather than walk. Over 60 AAZK chapters participate throughout the US and Canada raising over $300,000 annually. BFR funds support Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (formerly called Ngare Sergoi rhino sanctuary) in Kenya, Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia, and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Way Kambas in Sumatra. These sanctuaries not only save rhinos but also these entire ecosystems!
Rhinos have lived on Earth for over 50 million years but whether they survive even 50 more years is open to speculation. Only five species of rhino exist today when once there were over 100 species. Only about 25,000 of these marvelous creatures survive in the wild with another 1,250 in captivity - including the Bronx Zoo!
Registration includes two hours of bowling, a spiffy pair of rental shoes, free pizzas for your lane, and a free beer or soda! Sales end on July 27 and lane space is limited, so please register ASAP! You may register individually or with a team of up to 8 players. Please include your team name or team captain when registering!
Early Bird Special! Registration is only $40 when purchased before July 23. On top of that, NYCAAZK Members get $5 off their ticket! (Please see your facility liaison for the discount code.)
Bowling for Rhinos Merchandise
Want to represent your love for rhinos year round? Get your official NYCAAZK BFR t-shirt featuring a witty drawing by local zoo staff! Each t-shirt is $12 and 100% of the proceeds go toward the annual BFR fundraising total. Shirts can be purchased with your tickets or by emailing skoplish AT wcs DOT org.
Look for silent auction bidding information later this spring! If you or a company you know would like to donate an item to the silent auction, please email Lora Murphy (lmurphy AT wcs DOT org).
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