In 2014, there were 1,215 rhinos poached for their horns which is claimed by the Chinese and Vietnamese to cure various illnesses. Rhinoceros horn is comprised of keratin which is the same as our hair and fingernails so it is always growing. It is estimated that 20,000 White, 5,300 Black, 3,300 Greater One-Horned, 100 Sumatran and 45 Javan rhinos remain in the wild. If poaching continues at this drastic rate, there is the question, what is the longevity of rhinos on this planet?
Bowling for Rhinos was started in 1990 by the American Association of Zookeepers to assist the International Rhino Foundation in rhinoceros conservation. The proceeds from BFR are donated to help three ecosystems: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Africa, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in Sumatra, and Ujung Kulon in Java. These three ecosystems are home to more than just rhinos. Vulnerable and endangered elephant, giraffe, lion, cheetah, leopard, zebra, tiger, and sun bears all are found in the same regions.
Here in Indianapolis, our 501c(3) chapter’s annual event will be held on May 16th at Hindel Bowl (6833 Massachusetts Ave). This family oriented event consists of bowling, a raffle and a fantastic silent auction. The auction has one of kind paintings from some of the animals themselves, behind the scenes tours at the Indianapolis Zoo, local sports related items and various other unique items you won’t want to miss out on. Please join our event for a good time but most importantly to raise awareness about the current struggle rhinos face in Africa and Asia.
You can pre-register online at www.indyaazk.org/bfr2015 for $20 including a t-shirt. If you have any questions or would like further details please visit our website www.indyaazk.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/INDYAAZK. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider donating to this wonderful cause by visiting www.indyaazk.org/donate.