Bowling for Rhinos

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The AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) Program provides animal keepers of the world with an avenue to raise funds and awareness for rhino and habitat conservation.  Registration and Sanction information for AAZK Chapters and other event holders is found later in this page.


The AAZK Bowling for Rhinos Program connects dedicated individuals with conservation organizations working directly with rhino and their habitats. We provide an avenue for raising funds and awareness to support in situ programs focused on education, protection, population management, and habitat conservation.


The AAZK Bowling for Rhinos Program will unite all animal care professionals in raising awareness and funds for the conservation of rhino and their habitats.

AAZK realized that the animal keepers of the world were extremely conservation oriented and wanted to help save rhinos and their habitats, yet did not have the financial resources themselves to make any significant impact. That’s when the idea came to start a national bowl-a-thon called Bowling For Rhinos.

These fundraisers are organized by volunteers, who donate their time and organizational skills to help raise money to send directly to the places in need. Since all the people involved are volunteers, 100% of all event proceeds and online donations are sent directly to these in situ rhino conservation areas.

AAZK Bowling for Rhinos Conservation Resource Grant

Visit the BFR CRG Page for more information


AAZK’s Bowling For Rhinos has broken the $8 million mark and until 2020 with Covid-19 impacting zoo and aquariums across the globe, we have continued to meet our goal of raising approximately $500,000 per year. This year will most likely be another difficult year for AAZK BFR and our BFR Conservation Partners in Asia and Africa. With our AAZK Chapters and individual donors AAZK continues will continue make a significant difference in rhino and multi-species conservation during these difficult times.

Total BFR Funds Raised from 1990 to Date:


$312,996.28 – 2023 Funds Raised

Individuals may make a donation to AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos by Donate Today button. Individual donations may be attributed to a sanctioned AAZK Chapter event by selecting the Chapter name from the drop down menu within the donation form. Donors may also honor an individual by entering the name into the comment field.



Board Oversight – Conservation Team

Sara Bjerklie

BFR Program Contacts for Sanctioned Event Holders

AAZK BFR Program Manager 
Frank Verney

BFR Team

Vacant – Vice Manager

Vacant – BFR Event Coordinator

Brittany Mead – BFR Event Coordinator

Janel Jankowski – BFR Communications Liaison

Selenia Murillo – Conservation Resource Grant Coordinator

BFR Fund Distribution


AAZK-BFR 2021 Accounting

AAZK-BFR 2020 Accounting

AAZK-BFR 2019 Accounting

AAZK-BFR 2018 Accounting

AAZK-BFR 2017 Accounting

AAZK-BFR 2016 Accounting

AAZK-BFR 2015 Accounting


In order to receive Sanction for a BFR Event, the BFR Event Holder shall annually pay the $25.00 (USD) Registration Fee and register their event with AAZK by completing the BFR Event Information Form by May 1 of each calendar year.

Please click on the Form below:

2024 AAZK BFR Registration

The Registration is a two-part process:

Part 1 is the event information (dates, location, contact information etc) and the Anna Merz Rhino Champion Award for a dedicated individual who will be selected by random drawing to win a trip to the Lewa Wildlife.
Part 2 is completion of the Trip Winner Form to nominate the Ian Craig/Susie Ellis Africa/Asia Trip Awards for the two highest Chapter fundraising events and the BFR Trip Awards (2) who will be selected by random drawing to win a trip to Africa or Asia.

Completion of the BFR Event Registration/Trip Nomination Forms and payment of the BFR Registration Fee fee by May 1 shall cause the AAZK Chapter to be sanctioned by AAZK and the BFR Event shall receive a BFR Event Kit which contains the Event Guidelines and supplemental documents required to hold a sanctioned BFR Event.  The BFR Registration (Sanction) fee covers a portion of the administrative costs so that 100% of all event profits and donations can go directly to rhino conservation.

AAZK Chapters – Please do not utilize the “Donation” button on the Home page to forward event monies or registration fees.

BFR Event the Registration Fee $25.00 (USD – payable to AAZK) shall be sent to:

2820 S Alma School Rd
Suite 18 PMB 2057
Chandler, AZ 85286

Note: AAZK Chapters – Contact to request a digital invoice for card payment.

 At the conclusion of the BFR Event funds in the form of a check (payable to AAZK/BFR) shall be sent to:

2820 S Alma School Rd
Suite 18 PMB 2057
Chandler, AZ 85286

Trip Awards – Bowling for Rhinos 2022

ImanElijah Zeinali – Los Angeles AAZK Chapter

Amber Berndt – Indianapolis Chapter

Ian Craig Award – Lottery 1
Kayley Bateman – San Francisco AAZK Chapter

Susie Ellis Award – Lottery 2
Alle Foster – Greater Cincinnati AAZK Chapter

Anna Merz Rhino Champion Award
Dawn Falls – Greater Kansas City AAZK Chapter

Top Ten BFR Chapter Fundraisers for 2022

Los Angeles                   $23,075.00
Indianapolis                  $21,000.00
Greater Cincinnati      $20,000.00
Jacksonville                   $16,247.14
Lincoln Park                  $15,300.82
Point Defiance               $14,550.00 
St. Louis                          $10,715.12
Dallas                               $ 9,932.87
Phoenix                            $ 9,516.75
Riverbanks                     $ 9,000.00


Top Ten BFR Chapters: 1990 to 2022

Los Angeles AAZK Chapter – $466,042.86

Oklahoma City AAZK Chapter – $373,422.06

Portland AAZK Chapter – $353,145.68

San Diego AAZK Chapter –  $322,952.58

Dallas AAZK Chapter – $317,529.46

Utah AAZK Chapter –  $292,429.95

Indianapolis AAZK Chapter $244,145.70

Jacksonville AAZK Chapter $237,657.14

Detroit AAZK Chapter $228,991.33

Lincoln Park Chapter $217,890.29