BENEFITING: AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ZOO KEEPERS
Dear Friends & Family, 13 years ago I participated in my first Bowling for Rhinos event at the Detroit Zoo. I didn't work with rhinos then, but it was clear this species and those that live with them needed help. Since then, rhinos populations around the world are plummeting and are at an even more crucial tipping point, with illegal poaching on the rise for international trade in rhino horn. For the past 5 years I've been able to work directly with black and greater-one horned rhinos in Denver. I'd love to donate to BFR this year in Mshindi & Shy-Anne's memory and to honor our newest black rhino Rudy, as well as our two fantastic GOH Rhinos Tensing & Bandhu. I've been lucky enough to see rhinos in Africa and later this year am hoping to travel to Nepal to participate in conservation work with an amazing, dedicated group of keeper and volunteers. Read below for more information on BFR's impact and history: Extinction is forever. Endangered means there is still time… Rhinos have lived on earth for over 50 million years. In the past, rhinos were much more diverse and widespread. Today only 5 species survive and all are under threat of extinction. Only 17,500 of these marvelous creatures survive in the wild with another 1,200 in captivity. Of these rhinos, almost two thirds are of a single subspecies: the Southern White Rhino. There are fewer than 6,000 of the other 4 species combined. Without drastic action, rhinos could be extinct in the wild within the next 10 years. The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) and Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) is that drastic action. AAZK has made definitive progress through BFR. Without successful conservation partnerships and your support, it’s most likely some species of rhino would surely be extinct today. It is in all of our hands to continue this work to protect these animals and have their numbers return to sustainable populations. Over the past 25 years the rhino project in Kenya has evolved from a 10,000 acre rhino sanctuary into the 75,000 acre Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (LWC), partnered with the Northern Rangelands Trust. LWC has become one of the most successful rhino sanctuaries in all of Africa and serves as a model for wildlife co-existing with surrounding communities. To learn more, visit: www.lewa.org To conserve Asian species of rhino, AAZK partners with the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) for the protection Javan, Sumatran and Indian rhino on protected sanctuaries. To learn more about conserving Asian species visit: www.irf.org. In 2006 – AAZK expanded our species conservation to include cheetah, as the cheetah and rhino share the same habitat in Kenya. Partnering with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK) an entity of the Cheetah Conservation Foundation, AAZK is now a global species conservator. To learn more, visit www.actionforcheetahs.com I hope you will consider contributing to this worthwhile cause and continue the campaign to keep these animals part of our heritage. Your tax-deductible contribution* prior to Sunday May 20, 2017 would be greatly appreciated. I sincerely thank you.