This year’s annual Bowling for Rhinos fundraising event
on May 20th broke our previous record for fundraising!

We’ve exceeded our 2013 record of $24,340 and still have time to raise more.

AAZK SAN DIEGO TOTAL FOR 2017: $25,201.09 !!

On behalf of AAZK San Diego Chapter, THANK YOU for joining us at the 27th annual Bowling for Rhinos fundraising event.
Because of you, we were able to have our most successful fundraiser yet!


Congratulations to all the winners, especially the highest fundraiser Charlie Hyde from the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. Charlie did an amazing job of raising $3,475! And because Charlie is a local and national AAZK member, she will be entered into the National AAZK contest to win a trip to Africa or Asia to see how BFR is contributing to rhino conservation.

Thank you again for your participation and support, we would not be able to do this without you.

Check out the pictures at  and on our Facebook page at
There is still time to send in donations so please visit our Crowdrise page at




Be sure to join us again next year for Bowling for Rhinos!


Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) is a national bowl-a-thon fundraising event geared to assisting rhino conservation in Kenya and Indonesia. 100% of all funds go directly to in situ conservation projects, conserving 4 species of rhinos, their habitats, and hundreds of other endangered plants and animals AND cheetah conservation in Kenya.

Why Support Bowling for Rhinos?
Only 5 species of rhino exist today when once there were over 100 species. All 5 species- the white, black, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan are endangered. In 1960, 60,000 black rhinos roamed Africa. Today only 5,500 remain in isolated populations. On the Asian continent, the greater one-horned population remains at 3,333. The Sumatran species numbers less than 100 and the Javan species has fewer than 60 animals.

In addition to protecting rhinos and all other species that live within their habitat, Bowling for Rhinos provides an opportunity of media coverage and marketing surrounding this event. We also invite you to use this experience as a team building event, encouraging conservation participation.

Who Coordinates Bowling for Rhinos?
Bowling for Rhinos is a fundraiser that began on a small scale in 1990 by the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). It is now an AAZK-sponsored North American event raising over $500,000 annually. AAZK realized that the zoo keepers of the world are extremely conservation oriented and want to help save rhinos and their habitats, yet do not have the financial resources themselves to make any significant impact. That’s when the idea to start a national bowl-a-thon called Bowling For Rhinos emerged.

These fundraisers are organized by AAZK chapter members who are volunteers and 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 in situ rhino conservation areas!

Event Activities:
As in the past, BFR invites you to put your bowling team together and raise funding for rhinos and their habitats. The individual that raises the highest funds may qualify to visit Indonesia or Africa to see where Bowling for Rhinos funding goes (must be a local and national AAZK member to qualify). More information regarding how to participate to come.

Show us your best team costume! Prizes for Best Dressed Team and the Best Dancer. Also there will be face-painting, silent auction, fun grab bags, bake sale, and NEW this year… afood truck!

All profits will go directly to rhino conservation.

Join our fundraising team now at

More Information and How To Participate
To learn more about the AAZK San Diego’s local Bowling for Rhinos event, sponsorship opportunities, and how you and your company can help protect and become involved in rhino conservation, please contact Yvette Kemp at

You can also read about Bowling for Rhinos and other AAZK San Diego chapter projects on our events tab.
Donations for BFR accepted on our Crowdrise fundraising page at


BFR 2017 Flyer