Almost 30 years of fundraising yields $8 million as animal keepers bowl for rhino conservation
The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) reached a significant milestone when the all-time total for its national fundraiser, Bowling for Rhinos, surpassed $8 million dollars, marking 29 years of contributions towards rhino conservation.
Since 1990, the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) has supported the rhino conservation efforts of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (http://www.lewa.org/)
The fundraising events take place in over 75 locations across North America (the US and Canada) and in Australia. In 1994, AAZK expanded its reach to Indonesia, working with the International Rhino Foundation (https://rhinos.org/)
In Kenya, AAZK helps to protect more than 1.5 million acres of white and black rhino habitat under the Lewa Conservancy's conservation charter. In Indonesia, we help to protect nearly the same acreage of crucial lowland rainforest habitat for the survival of the Javan and Sumatran rhinos, and other species living in their ecosystems including Sumatran tigers, elephants, tapirs, Javan gibbons and sunbears.
The international trade in rhino horn drives the demand for rhino horn in Asian countries. Rhino numbers have declined drastically due to poaching for their horn and habitat loss.
The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is a nonprofit (U.S. 501c3) member organization made up of animal keepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation. AAZK exists to advance excellence in the animal keeping profession, foster effective communication beneficial to animal care, support deserving conservation projects, and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life.
During this holiday season donate today by visiting AAZK (https://www.aazk.org/
Ed Hansen, CEO/CFO
American Association of Zoo Keepers