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OKC ZOO’S AAZK CHAPTER TO HOST ANNUAL BOWLING FOR RHINOS

Join the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) for their annual conservation fundraiser, Bowling for Rhinos. Roll out for the fun on Saturday, July 27 at Heritage Lanes, 11917 N Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City from 6 to 9 p.m. Since 1995, this unique event has invited Oklahomans to show their passion for protecting rhinos and their habitats with just the roll of a bowling ball.

Each year, over 80 AAZK chapters in the United States and Canada champion Bowling for Rhinos events in an effort to provide passionate individuals with an outlet to help protect and secure habitats for rhinos and other wildlife in Asia and Africa. Rhinos have inhabited our planet for over 50 million years, but the fate of these gentle giants is uncertain unless conservation efforts are made to protect them. All five rhino species – Black, Indian, Javan, Sumatran and White – are threatened with extinction, but there is still time to ensure their survival by participating in Bowling for Rhinos.

The success of Bowling for Rhinos has raised more than $7.7 million since its inception with all proceeds directly benefiting rhino and habitat conservation. The OKC Zoo’s AAZK chapter continues to be in the “Top Ten Bowling for Rhinos Chapters” and has successfully raised $354,289.28 through its fundraising efforts making it one of the largest contributors to this national program. The OKC Zoo is home to three Indian rhinos; male, Arun and females, Niki and Shanti who reside at Sanctuary Asia and are fan favorites among guests.

Bowling for Rhinos is ideal for nature lovers of all ages. Teams and individuals are welcome to participate. The fee per individual bowler is $35 or $60 for couples. Ticket options are also available for teams and children not wishing to bowl but still attend. Event tickets include shoe rental, pizza and an event T-shirt. The evening will also include wild door prizes and a silent auction. For more information or to purchase event tickets, go to http://bit.ly/BowlingForRhinosOKC.

Spare an evening to support a wild cause, Bowling for Rhinos! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, and is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay up-to-date with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at ZOOfriends.org or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For photos associated with this release, click here.

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