The number of rhinos lost each year to poaching is steadily increasing due to the high demand in parts of China and Vietnam. The good news is that you can help — all you have to do is bowl!
Bowling for Rhinos is the largest annual conservation fundraiser for the American Association of Zookeepers. Get a team together and join the Indianapolis AAZK chapter for an evening of bowling, food and fun from 5:30-9pm on Saturday, May 11, at Woodland Bowl, 3421 E. 96th St., Indianapolis.
Registration is $30 in advance or $40 at the door. All participants will enjoy two games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and entertainment. Plus, everyone who registers in advance will receive a free T-shirt.
The proceeds from Bowling for Rhinos are donated directly to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia. Not only will conservation in these three areas help rhinos, it will also help a whole host of other animals, such as Sumatran tigers and Malayan sun bears.
LWC (formerly Ngare Sergoi Sanctuary) is a 65,000-acre protected area that is home to the endangered black and white rhinos. Ujung Kulon is a 300-square-mile protected area that is home to the last 47 Javan rhinos in the world! BBSNP is 3,568 square kilometers of lush tropical rain forest where the Sumatran rhinos live, along with elephant, tiger, and Malayan sun bear. All three support an entire ecosystem, including some of the world’s most endangered plants and animals. To date, the local event has raised about $150,000 to support these conservation efforts.