Bowling for Rhinos
Greater Kansas City AAZK is proud to be the original creators of the AAZK National fundraiser Bowling for Rhinos event!
Bowling for Rhinos 2017
Sunday March 5th
at Premier Bowling
1149 E State Route 350,
Bowl at the event! Bowlers of all ages and abilities are welcome! Early Birds who register before February 18 will receive a FREE BFR 30th Anniversary t-shirt!
Know a group who likes to bowl? Create a team and vie against other bowlers for the title of Top Male & Female bowler!
Sponsor a bowler! Bowlers who collect sponsorship donations (separate from the bowler registration fee) will have the opportunity to win great prizes, including the top prize of a $100 Visa Gift Card!
Attend the event! Cheer on the bowlers and be sure to check out our room of awesome and unique raffle and auction items!
Know a business that is concerned about conservation? Businesses can donate items to the event raffle or auction, or may make a monetary donation. In return, receive advertising opportunities at our event and on our website! Businesses who make a financial donation will can earn up to five FREE BFR 30th Anniversary t-shirts!
Volunteer at the event! It takes lots of volunteers every year to pull off an event like this. And this year will be bigger than ever!! Contact us for information on available event volunteer positions!
Spread the word! Tell your friends, family, and everyone you know about the plight of wild rhinos! Together we can make a difference and help save rhinos and the other species that share their native habitat!
Join the Greater Kansas City AAZK Chapter! We are a chapter of the National AAZK organization, and we work all year to promote conservation and education on both a local and national scale!
What is Bowling for Rhinos?
Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) is an annual bowl-a-thon that raises funds to support rhino conservation in the wild. BFR is one of KC AAZK's largest annual fundraising events.
AAZK realized that the zoo keepers of the world were extremely conservation oriented and wanted to help save Rhinos and their habitats, yet did not have the financial resources themselves to make any significant impact. The best part is: Bowling For Rhinos started here with the Kansas City Chapter! Our chapter launced the event in 1987. It was after our first event that AAZK National picked up the event and started it around the country.
The beauty of the idea is that these fundraisers are organized by volunteers, who donate their time and organizational skills to help raise money to send directly to the places in need. Since all the people involved are volunteers, 100% of all donations are sent directly to these insitu rhino conservation areas!
Where do the funds go?
In Kenya, Africa, BFR supports the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy where our donations help protect both black and white rhinos and most of the other species native to East Africa. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy works as a catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. It does this through the protection and management of species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programmes, and the education of neighboring areas in the value of wildlife.
In Indonesia, BFR supports the remaining javan Rhinos at Ujung Kulon National Park and the Sumatran Rhinos in Bukit Barisan Selatan and Way Kambas National Parks through the International Rhino Foundation. Ujung Kulon is a 300 square-mile National Park on the island of Java (Indonesia) which is home to some of the rarest animals on earth! Ujung Kulon supports the last 47 Javan rhinos in the world (with a few discovered in Viet Nam) as well as many other species. In fact, Java is home to one-eighth of the world's mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and plant species although it only occupies one percent of the globe's land surface!
BFR also supports Action for Cheetahs in Kenya. cheetahs share much of the same habitat as rhinos and by working to conserve cheetahs we are also saving rhinos and the countless other species that call that habitat home.
But why rhinos?
Rhinos have lived on earth for over 50 million years, however whether they survive even 50 more years is open to speculation. Only 5 species of rhino exist today when once there were over 100 species. All 5 species -- the White, Black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan -- are endangered. Only the white rhino with a population of 4,600 seems to be somewhat safe from extinction. In 1960, 60,000 black rhinos roamed Africa. Today, only 2,500 remain in isolated populations. On the Asian continent, the Indian population remains at 2,000. The Sumatran numbers 200 and the Javan has only 47 animals.
The black rhino is AAZK's National symbol and we believe we have an obligation to save it from extinction. Through our efforts, we feel we can save these valuable habitats and the animals living in their safe havens for future generations to enjoy.
Bowling for Rhinos 2017
Sunday March 5th
was a HUGE success! THANK YOU to everyone who helped us raise
for rhino conservation!
to our 2017 Sponsors!
to our 2017 Sponsors!
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Gail Kallem Designs
Geeky Bath Babe--Kat DeWald
In Touch Chiropractic
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Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery
Kansas City Chiefs
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Kennedy's Animal Clinic
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Katzke art & Design
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Nature's Way Therapeutic Massage
New Mark Dental Care
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