Bowling for Rhinos


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.


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 $7 million mark and we continue to meet our goal of raising approximately $600,000 per year! With our AAZK Chapters and individual donors AAZK continues to make a significant difference in rhino and multi-species conservation.

Individuals may make a donation to AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos by clicking the link below. Individual donations may be attributed to a sanctioned AAZK Chapter event by selecting the event from the drop down menu within the donation form.

Total BFR Funds Raised from 1990 to Date:


2018 Funds Raised Final





Board Oversight – Conservation Team

Mary Ann Cisneros

BFR Program Contacts for Sanctioned Event Holders

AAZK BFR Program Manager – Kym Janke, San Diego Zoo

Vice Manager – Vacant

BFR Team

Lisa Haggadone – BFR Event Coordinator

Kate Clemens – BFR Communications Liaison

Kevin Shelton – BFR Conservation Partner Liaison

BFR Fund Distribution

AAZK-BFR 2017 Accounting 

AAZK-BFR 2016 Accounting

AAZK-BFR 2015 Accounting


Only AAZK Chapters or approved entities have AAZK permission to hold a sanctioned AAZK Bowling for Rhinos Event. For more information contact our BFR Program Manager.

Please send your Chapter’s contact person/contact information along with the date of your event to Attention: Lisa Haggadone.

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

AAZK Chapters – May phone the AAZK Office to make a Registration Fee payment at (520) 298-9688 or contact

AAZK Chapters –  There is a Registration Fee (payable to AAZK) to receive a Sanction from AAZK to hold a BFR event.

Please note that in $2018 (ONLY) this fee has been increased to $50.00 to administrate a special raffle to benefit our BFR Event Chapters and Sanctioned events. AAZK will deposit 50% of the Registration Fee directly into the 2018 BFR totals. 

The Registration (Sanction) fee will enable the AAZK Chapter to receive a BFR Event Kit which contains the Guidelines and Forms required to hold a 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.

****Please forward all BFR Registration Fees (payable to AAZK) and BFR Event Monies (payable to AAZK/BFR) and

Send to:
8476 E. Speedway Blvd. Suite 204
Tucson, AZ  85710-1728

Top Fundraisers – Bowling for Rhinos 2017

Jill Werner – Los Angeles AAZK Chapter, Lewa trip winner
Deserrai Buunk – Toronto AAZK Chapter,  Lewa trip winner
Charlie Hyde –  San Diego AAZK Chapter, Indonesia trip winner
Toni Piccolotti – Jacksonville AAZK Chapter, Indonesia trip winner

Anna Merz Rhino Champion Award
Mandy Siegel – Greater Baltimore AAZK Chapter, Lewa

Top Chapter Fundraisers – 2017

Los Angeles Chapter
San Diego AAZK Chapter
Greater Cincinnati AAZK Chapter
Toronto AAZK Chapter

Top Ten BFR Chapters: 1990 to 2017

Los Angeles AAZK Chapter – $377,057.86

Oklahoma City AAZK Chapter – $333,052.78

Portland AAZK Chapter – $330,523,91

San Diego AAZK Chapter –  $285,307.31

Dallas AAZK Chapter – $268,904.93

Utah AAZK Chapter –  $266,457.72

Detroit AAZK Chapter $228,966.33

Lincoln Park Chapter $189,285.04

North Carolina Chapter $177,136.39

Indianapolis AAZK Chapter $176,418.70