BOWLING FOR RHINOS 30TH ANNIVERSARY!
Bowling for Rhinos is the signature fundraiser for the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). It is a program that provides animal keepers of the world with the means to raise funds and awareness to support in situ programs focused on protection, habitat conservation, education, and population management for rhinos and other species that share their habitats in Africa and Asia.
This event began on a small scale with one small group of zoo keepers, and over the last 30 years has grown to a national event hosted by over 80 AAZK chapters. Over $8.2 million has been raised since 1990.
The Lincoln Park AAZK Chapter has hosted a Bowling for Rhinos event every year since it's inception in 1990. We have raised over $220,000. With this year being the 30th anniversary of an event that is so important to us, and to conservation, we had high hopes of making this our biggest and best event yet.
But with the challenges of a global pandemic and the continued need for social distancing, we are unable to host our usual in-person bowling event. So we have created this fundraising site in hopes of still being able to contribute to the three amazing conservation organizations that Bowling for Rhinos supports. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy https://www.lewa.org/ , International Rhino Foundation https://rhinos.org/ , and Action for Cheetahs in Kenya https://www.actionforcheetahs.org/ all depend greatly on the funds they receive from annual Bowling for Rhinos events.
Rhinos and other endangered species need our help now more than ever. The 5 rhino species are on the brink of extinction, mainly due to poaching. At the start of the 20th century there were over 500,000 of these gentle giants, and today there are less than 30,000. 95% of the world’s rhino population has been lost in the last 40 years. And now, with the whole world in the midst of a pandemic, evidence has come to light that there has been a surge in poaching around the world. Without eco-tourism and with travel of local community members being limited, wildlife is now an easier target for poachers. Sadly, a significant portion of the poaching is attributed to people needing to feed their families as sources of income have dried up due to the pandemic. But rhinos are not the only species affected, nor is poaching the only threat. Elephants, tigers, orangutans, and many other species that share rhino habitat in Africa and Asia are hanging on by a thread due to poaching, habitat destruction, human-wildlife conflict, and other threats. Bowling for Rhinos is our chance to make an impact in ensuring these species' survival.
It is always difficult to ask for donations for any cause, and in these times it is even more so. But for those of you who are able, we ask you to please consider giving. Whether it is $5 or $500, no amount is too small.
We are also hosting an online auction, starting on September 18th. Go to https://www.32auctions.com/lincolnparkBFR2020 for all the information. Check the site often, new items will be added over the coming weeks.
For more information on Lincoln Park AAZK, please visit our website https://lincolnparkaazk.wixsite.com/lpaazk
For more information on Bowling for Rhinos, please go to https://aazk.org/what-is-bowling-for-rhinos/