Bowling for Rhinos returns to Bird Bowl on July 15

By Lauren Vandenberg….
The annual bowling fundraiser by the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), Bowling for Rhinos (BFR), takes place on Friday, July 15, at Bird Bowl; 9275 SW 40 St. Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. with the Bowl-a-thon from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Organized by Zoo Miami and the South Florida Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, the event benefits the South Florida Chapter of AAZK’S rhino conservation projects.

With its goal of helping rhinos worldwide, 100 percent of all funds raised by BFR benefit rhino conservation projects for four species of rhino, their habitats, and hundreds of other endangered plants and animals. BFR helps preserve the black, white, Javan and Sumatran rhinos.

The world’s rhino population has decreased 90 percent since 1970 due to poaching.

The AAZK and Zoo Miami invite everyone for a night of excitement that includes: bowling, raffles, a “Keep the Rhinos Horny” T-shirt sale, and a much-anticipated silent auction.

Open to the public, teams of five to six bowlers may register for a night full of strikes and spares. Register before July 5 and pay $30 per bowler. After July 5, the registration fee increases to $35. Bowlers with $200 or more in sponsor money will be eligible to enter for the grand prize. Make sure you collect all the money you can because in 2008 the highest money raiser won a 15-day trip to Indonesia.

More than 60 AAZK chapters participate in BFR throughout the U.S. raising over $200,000 annually. The South Florida Chapter of AAZK has been active in Bowling for Rhinos since 1990. To date, they have raised over $40,000 toward the rhino conservation effort.

For more information, call Zoo Miami at 305-251-0400 ext. 84921; send email to the South Florida Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers at or visit online at

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