Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bowling for Rhinos

Posted by: Matt Mills, Zookeeper



Did you know that rhinos used to roam wild in the United States? There were even water rhinos that would swim in the lakes of central Washington! Six million years ago, during the Miocene, there were over 50 species of rhinoceros around the world! Today, five species are still alive, but their numbers are dwindling and they will only continue to exist if we act quickly.

Have you ever thought about what you could do to help?

Baby and mother white rhinos at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya. (Photo by Matt Mills)

The zookeepers and staff of Woodland Park Zoo care about rhinos. The Puget Sound chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) is having a bowling party and fundraiser for these special animals at Spin Alley in Shoreline on May 10, and you are invited to join us! AAZK began Bowling for Rhinos in 1991 as a way for chapters to raise funds for conservation and increase awareness of current rhino populations’ challenges. In the last 21 years, more than $4 million has been raised nationally, 100% of which has gone directly to saving vulnerable rhino species and their habitat in Kenya and Indonesia. By protecting rhino habitat we protect everything in their habitat, including tigers, orchids, zebras, orangutans and tapirs.

Bina at Way Kambas Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Indonesia.  (Photo by Rana Bayrakci)

There is no better way to spend a Thursday evening than bowling with your friends, family and favorite zoo staff while supporting endangered species. There is a sandwich buffet included, amazing raffle prizes, and a trivia game! So even if you haven't mastered that 7-10 split, there are many ways you can join in the fun. The $25 ticket includes bowling for three hours, shoe rental and dinner. Bowling skill does not matter! You may even be bowling alongside a zookeeper! If you’d rather not bowl this year, you can enjoy the party and dinner for $15.

Tickets are on sale now, and sell out quickly! Woodland Park Zoo staffers have already reserved many of the slots, so hurry up if you'd like to join our fun.

For more details and registration, please check out the Bowling for Rhinos Seattle website.

We can't wait to spend a fun and relaxing day with our local community!

1 comment:

  1. I did this last year and it was so much fun! I'm definitely bringing my family, again. Very impressive raffle prizes, too. Thanks for making this open to the public!

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