Get Rolling For Rhino Conservation With Bowling For Rhinos
The Greater Houston Zoo chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (GHAAZK) is sponsoring the 19th annual Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) conservation fundraiser on July 30 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Palace Lanes, 4191 Bellaire Blvd.
The night includes unlimited bowling for 2 hours (6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.), a BFR 2010 event bag and free shoe and ball rental. Tickets are $25 per person for adults and $10 per person for children ages 5 to 12. Non-bowling tickets are available; $10 for adults and $5 for children. Visit http://www.houstonzoo.org/bfr for more details.
For more information about Bowling for Rhinos and to make reservations, visit www.houstonzoo.org/bfr or call 713-533-6500. Reservations may be made in advance or at the door; but, advanced reservations are recommended because of limited bowling spaces.
Donations can be sent to: The Houston Zoo, Attn: Bowling for Rhinos, 1513 Cambridge, Houston, TX 77030. Make checks payable GHCAAZK (Greater Houston Chapter of American Association of Zoo Keepers) and note: BFR 2010.
This year, 60 AAZK chapters across the nation will participate in BFR. The chapters will add to the more than $3.7 million BFR has raised since its inception in 1990. One-hundred percent of all donations benefit the Bowling for Rhinos Foundation and its work to preserve and protect Rhinos and their habitats. BFR supports three sanctuaries that protect rhinos and their unique ecosystems: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Africa; the Bukit Barisa Selatan National Park in Java, Indonesia; and Ujung Kulon National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia.
The rhinoceros has been on earth for over 50 million years, and it is believed that over 100 separate species existed. Today, only five species of rhino survive: White, Black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan. Only the white rhino with a population of 4,600 seems to be somewhat safe from extinction. In 1960, 60,000 black rhinos roamed Africa. Today only 2,500 remain in isolated populations. On the Asian continent, the Indian population remains at 2,000. The Sumatran rhino population is believed to number 200 and the Javan species is the most endangered with only 47 animals surviving.