Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) is an annual American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) wildlife conservation event that supports all five threatened or endangered rhino species along with all the other species in their habitats and surrounding villages. This event is hosted by many AAZK chapters around the country and 100% of money raised goes to rhino conservation and awareness.
The Jacksonville Chapter, JZG AAZK, has raised over $200,000 through BFR since its inception in 1990 and is number 10 in the country for all time BFR fundraising
Nationally BFR has been able to raise an astounding $8.5 million since 1990
All proceeds from BFR go to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, International Rhino Foundation which protects Greater One-Horned, Sumatran, and Javan rhinos in Indonesia, and Action for Cheetahs
Wildlife poaching is on the rise, especially because of the recent pandemic that has left giant voids in tourism money that often funds protection units in certain regions. Local people surrounding rhino habitats have also been impacted by the pandemic shutdowns and are unfortunately turning to poaching to support themselves and their families. Many cultures still believe that rhino horn holds medicinal purposes even though this has NEVER been scientifically proven!