Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) is a national bowl-a-thon fundraising event geared to assisting rhino conservation in Kenya and Indonesia. In Kenya Africa, BFR supports Lewa Wildlife Conservancy where donations help protect both black and white rhinos and most of the other species native to East Africa. In Indonesia, BFR supports the remaining Javan rhinos at Ujung Kulan National Park and the Sumatran rhinos in Bukit Barisan Selatan and Way Kambas National Parks.

Through Bowling for Rhinos (BFR), AAZK’s combined international efforts have raised over $3 million through since its inception in 1990! In fact, our San Diego chapter has raised over $150,000. None of this would have been possible without your support and we need that now more than ever!

In Kenya Africa AAZK supports the LewaWildlife 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 neighbouring areas in the value of wildlife.

To learn more about how AAZK and Bowling for Rhinos work together, visit

The American Association of Zoo Keepers Bowling for Rhinos Overview (taken from National AAZK’s website):

“AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos” fund  raiser began on a small scale and is now an AAZK-sponsored North American event  raising between $200,000- $300,000 annually. Our goal now is to raise at least $500,000 annually. In 1990, we began by supporting the Lewa  Wildlife Conservancy (formerly Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary) in Kenya.

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. That’s when the idea came to start a national bowl-a-thon called Bowling For Rhinos.

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 in situ rhino conservation areas!

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.

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.

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.

Many organizations participate in these events, and have added the Rocking For Rhinos, Rummage For Rhinos, and Recycling For Rhinos projects as other ways to raise funds for this very worthwhile project.

Bowling For Rhinos has broken the $4 million mark and we continue to reach towards attaining our goal of $500,000/year! Together with you AAZK can do it. We have and will continue to make a difference in the conservation world.


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