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Monday, May 6, 2013

Take action: Bowling for Rhinos returns

Posted by: Matt Mills, Zookeeper



Were you aware that without serious action it is estimated that rhinos will disappear from the wild by 2030?

Organized crime syndicates have spread into wildlife crime; bringing technological advancements, networks of smugglers, and high powered weaponry with them. Rhino horn is more valuable than gold in certain markert, and because of this an average of two rhinos are lost every day.


White rhino at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya. Photo by Matt Mills.

Why is rhino horn so valuable? In parts of the world people have been lead to believe that rhino horn is a cure for everything from the common cold to cancer. Science has disproved this belief. In fact, rhino horn is made of tightly compacted hair. Does that sound like a cure-all to you? 

It's not too late to stop the disappearance of these magnificent creatures from our planet. There are an estimated 30,000 rhinos still left in the wild, many of which live in conservancies dedicated to their protection. These conservancies protect the rhinos using round the clock surveillance, armed guards, and top notch forensics equipment. Add to this the growing global pressure to stop wildlife crime and it is easy to see how the rhinos have a chance for survival. 

Cheetah at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya. Saving rhinos and their habitat helps to protect other magnificent animals, including cheetahs. Photo by Matt Mills.

How can you help protect rhinos? Join Puget Sound zoo keepers at Bowling for Rhinos on Saturday May 18th at Lynnwood Bowl & Skate and help “Strike Out” their extinction! Bowling for Rhinos is a nationwide event sponsored by American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) chapters. Since 1991 Bowling for Rhinos has raised over $4.3 million, 100% of which has gone directly to saving vulnerable rhino species and their habitat in Kenya and Indonesia. By protecting rhino habitat we protect everything in their habitat, including tigers, orchids, zebras, orangutans, tapirs, cheetahs and elephants. You can learn more about Bowling for Rhinos at AAZK's webpage.

Bowling for Rhinos
Saturday May 18th, 2013
Lynnwood Bowl & Skate - 6210 200 St SW  Lynnwood, WA 98036
Check in starts at 5:15 p.m., bowling from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Registration fees:
Bowl - $25 for three hours of bowling, shoe rental, taxes, and pizza.
Party - $15 to enjoy the party. Includes pizza, trivia, games, and a raffle.
Register today at pssaak.org/BFR13 Registration ends May 10th
You can also donate directly at psaazk.org/bfrdonate

We've worked very hard with local businesses to gather great prizes for the top fundraisers and for our raffle. Check the Bowling for Rhinos Seattle Facebook page for details. 

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