Debbie McClelland wrote -
In a continuing effort to help protect the five remaining rhino species, I/we will be running a Tortoise Trot for Rhinos this year - which for me will celebrate reaching 100 plus miles of official race running in one year (this was also my first 10k, half or full marathon, first Dopey, Goofy, Dumbo and Coast to Coast challenges). Hope you will help me celebrate my running albeit slowly for Rhinos and tortoises by donating to this organization.
The American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) Bowling for Rhinos has raised over $5 million dollars for Rhino conservation since 1990. Your donation goes directly to support three wildlife refuges: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Ujong Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia, and Bukint Barisan Selatan National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia. These wildlife refuges not only protect black rhinos, white rhinos, Javan rhinos, and Sumatran rhinos, but also everything from orchids, tortoises, giraffe and elephant and the habitat they inhabit. It is due to your generous contributions that many of these animals will survive and be seen in the wild by future generations.
One of the things I have always been impressed by over the years is this organization's involvement in not just conservation of endangered species but in community development and responsible conservation tourism. In Lewa, Kenya AAZKs Bowling for Rhinos helped to fund 19 schools, 10 water projects, four clinics, a women's micro-credit programme and many other community projects, improving the lives of many.
I hope you will support this fundraiser and also hope I can finish those miles! This really is a worthy cause and I am very excited to be able to do this little project to help