Bowling for Rhinos
Making a Difference for Endangered Species

Every year thousands of zookeepers and zoo supporters across the country unite to take on the immense challenge of protecting some of the world’s most iconic and endangered species.

In the last 28 years, Bowling for Rhinos has raised close to 8 million dollars.  100% of those funds go directly to in-situ conservation projects in rhinoceros inhabited areas, including the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, International Rhino Foundation, and Action for Cheetahs in Kenya.  Not only do these efforts directly benefit rhinos, but all of the wildlife in their natural habitat.  While we at the AAZK San Diego Chapter are proud to have been significant contributors to these efforts, we think we can continue to grow and do more.

We ask you, your family and friends to join us on Saturday, May 18th for our annual Bowling for Rhinos event at Kearny Mesa Bowl.

As always, this will be a fun, family-friendly event that will feature contests, drawings and raffles, silent auction items, good food and much more!  This year our theme is endangered species, and we strongly urge you to come dressed as your favorite species.

For our fundraisers, you will notice a couple changes this year:

The deadline to submit our nomination for the trip to Indonesia or Africa has been pushed forward.  We will therefore select the AAZK member who raises the most funds (over $1,000) by April 29th to be entered as our nominee.  We have also added an additional incentive this year.  Any individual who raises over $500 will be entered in to win one of our grand prizes.  So, get out there and start campaigning for our endangered species!

Our world’s species need our help now more than ever.  However, with your support, we believe this could be our strongest year yet!  Please come have fun and celebrate a good cause.

Date: Saturday, May 18 (Endangered Species Day)

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
(team check-in will begin at 5:00 pm)

Cost: $10 pp PLUS $50 minimum donation


Individual Fundraising Page: 

Invite your friends and family to help you raise funding for BFR!

Click here to set up your fundraising page!


Team Registration: 

Register as an individual or a team. Individuals will be placed on a team.

 Click here to register yourself or your team!


Download forms here:

BFR 2019 printable flyer

BFR Facts

 BFR Sponsorship Request letter


What is 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 $600,000 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!

More Information and How To Participate

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