Bowling for Rhinos

Greater Kansas City AAZK is proud to be the
original creators of the AAZK National fundraiser Bowling for Rhinos event!

2022 is the 35th Anniversary of Bowling for Rhinos in Kansas City!

Bowling for Rhinos 2022 

"Saving Horny friends for 35 years"

 Sunday April 24th


Premier Bowling

11400 E State Route 350,

Raytown, MO

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Take part!

Bowl at the event!  Bowlers of all ages and abilities are welcome!  Early Birds who register before April 5th will receive a FREE BFR 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!

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 meeting one of our donation levels will earn incentives including FREE BFR shirts, bowling lane sponsorship, their company's logo on the BFR t-shirts, and FREE bowler registrations!

Volunteer at the event!  It takes lots of volunteers every year to pull off an event like this.  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 a symbol of conservation in Africa as our Bald eagle is to those of us in the United States.  If the black rhino were to go extinct, what message would we give our children?  The rhino is a large, key species.  By striving to save the rhino, we save large expanses of habitat.  By saving these habitats, we are saving many endangered species, not just the rhino.  The rhino is our link to the dinosaurs as it has lived on Earth over 50 million years but it cannot survive machine guns and man.  The rhino is killed for its horn to be used in oriental medicines and symbolic dagger handles.  So valuable is the horn to poachers that the rhino cannot survive unless it is on protected sanctuaries such as LWC.  "BFR" money is used to fence in these areas, purchase planes and land rover vehicles to curtail poaching, translocate rhino into the , and salaries for anti-poaching security guards.

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.
Questions?  Email us at [email protected], or use the contact form on this site.

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All info from official BFR website