In 1990, the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) began its flagship conservation program, Bowling for Rhinos (BFR). This fundraiser has now raised $4.3 million entirely through volunteer efforts and generous community support. This has made it possible to help protect all five species of rhino through programs in both Africa and Indonesia. In addition, the BFR program is now contributing to cheetah conservation in Kenya, Africa.
Since 1990, when the Utah Chapter AAZK held its first Bowling for Rhinos event, we have contributed $139,888.00 towards the BFR program, making us one of the top ten money raising chapters in the country. We could not have accomplished this without the support of friends, family, and local businesses who support Utah’s Hogle Zoo and our chapter of AAZK. Thank you!
Now, more than ever, rhinos need our help. Statistics show that more than one rhino is illegally poached daily in South Africa alone. Even though we are far away from Africa and Asia, we can all still make a difference.
You can register online HERE for the 2013 BFR Event.
Follow us on Facebook (Utah Chapter American Association of Zoo Keepers) for updates. All proceeds raised go directly to conservation programs that have been making a difference in saving all five species of rhino, as well as preserving vital habitats for countless other plant and animal species that share these habitats.
We still have t-shirts($10) and Rhino Wristbands($3) available for purchase. Please email us to purchase or for more details.
Wild Stampede 5K Run for Wildlife
Our annual 5K Wild Stampede run was held on September 29th, 2012. We raised $5,170.00! Thank you so much to all our friends who came out to run and raise money for wildlife!
All money raised was donated to two conservation organizations: Wild Aware Utah and Wildlife SOS.
Wild Aware Utah (WAU) is a non-advocacy conservation program working through a collaborative effort to provide proactive education to minimize conflict between people and wildlife. The partners in this effort are Utah's Hogle Zoo, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Utah State University Cooperative Extension and the Wildlife Protection Society.
Wildlife S.O.S. is a registered non-profit charity in India and USA. The organization has evolved to actively work towards protecting the Indian wildlife, conserving habitat, studying biodiversity, conducting research and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for erstwhile poacher communities. They are the only Non-Governmental Organization in India with sanctuaries caring for rescued dancing bears.