Bowling for Rhinos
The Oklahoma City Zoo will participate in the national Bowling for Rhinos bowl-a-thon by hosting a local event on Saturday, July 22 at Heritage Lanes in Oklahoma City. For the last 23 years, this unique fundraiser has invited Oklahomans of all ages to help save wild rhinos and their habitats while enjoying the fun of a popular pastime, bowling.
Bowling for Rhinos provides animal keepers and nature lovers with a global outlet to raise funds and awareness for rhino and habitat conservation. Funds raised aid in providing safe and secure habitats for rhinos and other wildlife in Asia and Africa. Rhinos have roamed our planet for over 50 million years, but whether they survive even 50 more years is uncertain unless conservation efforts are made to protect them. The number of rhino species has dwindled from over 100 to only five species in existence today. All five of the remaining species of rhinos are considered endangered, which means there is still time to make a change for rhinos everywhere by participating in Bowling for Rhinos.
[pullquote-right]The OKC Zoo’s AAZK chapter has successfully raised $302,604.00 through its fundraising efforts since 1990.[/pullquote-right]The OKC Zoo’s AAZK chapter has successfully raised $302,604.00 through its fundraising efforts since 1990, making it one of the largest contributors to Bowling for Rhinos. The OKC Zoo currently has three Indian rhinos in its care.
Guests of all ages are invited to join the fun on Saturday, July 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Heritage Lanes near northwest 122nd and north Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City. For those interested in bowling, the fee is $30 per person for a regular ticket (includes shoe rental, three games of bowling, food, a T-shirt and door prize tickets); and for non-bowlers, the fee is $20 per person for a spectator ticket (includes food, a T-shirt and door-prize ticket). Specific shirt sizes are not guaranteed.
To register for Bowling for Rhinos, click here or call (405) 424-3344. Teams and individuals are welcome to participate. If you do not wish to bowl but would like to sponsor a team or make donations, visit eventbrite.com or mail a check to “AAZK Bowling for Rhinos,” 2101 NE 50th, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111. For more information about Bowling for Rhinos and rhino conservation, please visit aazkbfr.org.