Why You Should Bowl for Rhinos

Kris Willis, 2015 BFR Chair, with Indian rhino Randa at the L.A. Zoo

Kris Willis, 2015 BFR Chair, with Indian rhino Randa at the L.A. Zoo

Since it began in 1990, Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) has generated more than $5.4 million to control poaching and protect rhinos and the species that share their habitat—and the Los Angeles Zoo has led the way for the past six years, consistently raising more funds than any other participating zoo. This year the Los Angeles chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) hopes to raise even more funds with a night of bowling at Jewel City Bowl in Glendale. Festivities will include a silent auction, raffles, food, costumes—and, of course, bowling!

So why should you bowl for rhinos?

Bowling for rhinos saves more than rhinos.

Rhino habitat is also home to endangered tigers, giraffes, zebras, leopards, primates, and countless reptile and bird species. Money invested in protecting rhinos saves entire ecosystems.

Bowling for rhinos helps people, too.

Funding provides development through educational opportunities, healthcare, clean water, and stable jobs in the local communities who protect wildlife. Tens of thousands of people benefit from BFR donations.

Bowling for rhinos reduces poaching losses.

A rhino is poached every nine hours. This is significantly lower at BFR-funded reserves due to its community-based conservation approach. In fact, there have been no rhino losses to poachers in more than 15 years at Ujung Kulon National Park (Java) and none in more than eight years in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Way Kambas National Park (Sumatra). Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy did not lose a single rhino in the past year.

Bowling for rhinos maximizes your donation.

BFR funding supports communities in low currency countries where U.S. dollars go a long way. In Kenya, more than 40 percent of the population live on less than $1.25 a day (UNICEF). The average annual household income in Indonesia is less than $5,000 US (Indonesia Central Bank survey 2012).

Bowling for rhinos is fun!

BFR unites more than 90 zoos and the communities that support them across North America and builds goodwill with communities around the world working to save wildlife.

Learn more at the AAZK website or phone Kris Willis at (818) 618-0166.