Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bowl With Buffalo Zoo Keepers and Help Save Rhinos!

In a continuing effort to protect endangered rhinos and other species in the wild, zoo keepers throughout the nation will host the ninth annual Bowling For Rhinos fundraiser—and you’re invited to join us!

In conjunction with the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), Buffalo Zoo keepers will hold our local Bowling For Rhinos fundraiser at Thruway Lanes near the Walden Galleria Mall on Friday, June 1, 2012. Check-in will begin at 6:00 p.m. Fees are $25 per adult bowler and $20 per child bowler (age 14 and younger). Fees include three games, shoe rental, pizza, soda, t-shirt and admission to the basket auction and raffles. The price for non-bowling guests is $10 per person and includes pizza, soda and admission to the basket auction and raffles. Pre-registration is required. Registration information (including payment) is due by Thursday, May 17.

This can be your family or company’s opportunity to be a strong voice in the worldwide effort to conserve endangered species. Please consider forming a team to bowl with the Buffalo Zoo keepers! You may also sign up as an individual bowler. For more information, please call (716) 995-6156 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekdays) or visit to download a registration form.

Buffalo Zoo keepers are proud to participate in this fundraiser, which benefits endangered rhinos. Tashi, a 15-year-old female rhino, is one of the most popular animals at the Buffalo Zoo. Tashi is also playing a large role in preserving the future of her species. She has given birth to two calves—Ashakiran, who now resides at the Toronto Zoo, and Clover, who now resides at African Lion Safari. The births were very
significant as there are only approximately 70 Indian rhinos in captivity in North America and only 2,800 left in the wild today.

Please join us in this fundraiser so we can all help Tashi’s relatives in their native habitats. Approximately $150,000 is raised annually during this national bowl-a-thon with Buffalo Zoo keepers raising $8,000-$10,000 in the past. All of the proceeds will go directly to support the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (LWC) in Kenya, Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia and Bukit Barisan Selatan (BBSNP) and Way Kambas National Parks in Sumatra, Indonesia. These sanctuaries not only save endangered rhinos but also everything from orchids to elephants.

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