Wednesday, May 14, 2015
Tropicana Lanes in Clayton
Each year the St. Louis Chapter of American Association of Zoo Keepers sponsors a fundraising bowl-a-thon. Bowling for AAZK is one of AAZK's major conservation projects to raise money and awareness for three Rhino Conservation Areas in Kenya, Indonesia and Sumatra. These conservation areas encompass not only rhinos, but hundreds of other species of animals and plants.
In 2015, half of the proceeds raised will be going to National Bowling For Rhinos and rhino conservation and half will be going to help fund the AAZK National Conference in St. Louis this October.
See AAZK St. Louis Chapter website for registration and details.
The cost is $25 per person and includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, and a bag.
Register by April 24, 2015 to guarantee a bag.
There is a $5 cover charge for non-bowling.
There will also be a silent auction, 50/50, and a raffle.
Bowling for Rhinos will be held at Tropicana Lanes, 7960 Clayton Rd. in Clayton, MO (near 1-170).
More About Rhino Conservation
Rhinos have lived on the earth for over 50 million years, but whether they survive even 50 more years is open to speculation. Over 100 different species of rhinos have walked on this Earth and only five species remain today. All five species, the white, black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan rhinos are listed as endangered or critically endangered. At the Saint Louis Zoo we have black rhinoceros. Only the white rhino with a population of 20,405 seems to be somewhat safe from extinction. In 1960, 60,000 black rhinos roamed Africa. Today only 5,055 remain in isolated populations. The greater one-horned rhino population is at 3,270. The Sumatran rhino numbers 100, and the Javan has only 35-44 animals left! Money raised through Bowling for Rhinos is used at the conservancies to create protected areas, to purchase planes and land rover vehicles to curtail poaching, to trans-locate rhinos into the sanctuary and to pay the salaries of anti-poaching guards.