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Bowling for Rhinos 2014

Bowlmor Chelsea Piers 
Pier 60 @ 23rd St 
Manhattan, NY 10011

Join us on Monday, August 11, 2014 for the fourth annual NYC AAZK BFR! Registration includes two hours of bowling, a spiffy pair of rental shoes, free pizzas for your lane, and a free beer or soda for you! Registration ends July 27 and lane space is limited, so please register ASAP. You may register individually, or with a team of up to 8 players, but please include your team name or team captain during registration!  

Early Bird Special!  
Registration is only $40 if purchased before July 20, and the first forty registrants will receive a free dinosaur key chain!
 On top of that, NYC AAZK Members get $5 off their ticket! (Please see your facility liaison for the discount code.)
Bowling for Rhinos Merchandise
Want to represent your love for rhinos year round? Get your official NYC AAZK BFR t-shirt for only $12. 100% of the proceeds go toward the annual BFR fundraising total. Shirts can be purchased with your tickets  or by emailing Sara Koplish.

Silent Auction
Look for silent auction bidding information later this spring! If you or a company you know would like to donate an item to the silent auction, please email Lora Murphy.

Face Painting & Bake Sale
In addition to the free food, fun t-shirts and the exciting silent auction, this rockin' rhino party will also feature a face painting booth and a bake sale, from which all proceeds will of course go back to rhino conservation! 
Each year the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) sponsors a fundraising bowl-a-thon called "Bowling For Rhinos" (BFR).  Over 60 AAZK chapters participate throughout the US and Canada, raising over $300,000 annually.
  BFR funds support Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia, and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Way Kambas in Sumatra. These sanctuaries not only save rhinos but also these entire ecosystems!
100% of all BFR proceeds go directly toward in situ conservation projects, conserving rhinos, their habitats, and hundreds of other endangered plants and animals! 

Why protect rhinos?
 The main threat to rhinos is poaching for the international rhino horn trade.

All 5 species are in peril!

Rhinos are a keystone species, their removal results in drastic changes in the structure of the ecosystem. They dig for water and roots with their horns, exposing food for smaller animals and disrupting soil allowing for easier seed germination. Their dung fertilizes the land and helps spread seeds. The four species of browsers keep shrubs and bushes in check by pruning them.

How does BFR help rhinos?
We save large expanses of habitat. Saving these habitats helps protect hundreds of animals including Asian and African Elephant, Cheetah, Somali Ostrich, Grevy’s Zebra, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Clouded Leopard, Hawksbill Turtle, Sumatran Tiger, many other species and even Coral Reefs.

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