Bowling For Rhinos - A Potter Park Zoo AAZK Event

All Photos Courtesy: Carolyn Schulte


Each year the American Association of Zoo keepers (AAZK) sponsors a fund raising bowl-a-thon called “Bowling For Rhinos” (BFR). Over 60 AAZK chapters participate throughout the US and Canada raising between $200,000- $300,000 annually, Potter Park Zoo included. But our goal is raise $500,000 annually. BFR funds support LWC- Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (formerly called Ngare Sergoi rhino sanctuary) in Kenya, Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (BBSNP) and Way Kambas in Sumatra. These sanctuaries not only save rhinos but also these entire ecosystems!

You can help locally and contribute to this global cause, by participating in our local Bowling For Rhinos event, organized by your very own Potter Park Zoo Chapter.

Check out the flyer below for all the details, along with contact information for any questions.

This should be a fun event for the WHOLE FAMILY, so save the date and we'll see you August 8, while we bowl for the rhinos!

Ready to sign up and attend Bowling For Rhinos? Register before 7/30 to lock in the discounted rates (as mapped out on the flyer below)!


#ZooYouKnow - 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, flagship 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 can not survive guns and man. The rhino is killed for its horn to be used in oriental medicines and as symbolic dagger handles. So valuable is the horn to poachers that the rhino can not survive unless it is on protected sanctuaries such as LWC and the Indonesian parks. “BFR” money is used to fence in these areas, purchase planes and land rover vehicles to curtail poaching, translocate rhino into the sanctuaries/parks, purchase trip cameras for censusing, and salaries for anti-poaching security guards to name a few.