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Posted by Candice Rennels on 07/03/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                       July 3, 2013



Candice Rennels               (405) 425-0298, office/ (405) 412-412-6172, cell or [email protected]

Tara Henson                      (405) 425-0219, office/ (405) 919-9038, cell or [email protected]



                Help save wild rhinoceros populations with the roll of a bowling ball! The Oklahoma City Zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) will host the 19th annual Bowling for Rhinos on Saturday, July 20, 2013. The cost is $25 per person, which includes shoe rental, three games of bowling, food, a T-shirt and exciting door prize opportunities. Join us at 7 p.m. at Heritage Lanes near NW 122nd and North Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City.

                Bowling for Rhinos is an annual fundraiser that supports rhino conservation in Asia and Africa. The fate of these gentle giants is in jeopardy unless conservation actions are made to protect them. Only five species of rhino exist today, a sad comparison to the 100 species that once roamed the Earth, and all are considered endangered. Endangered means there is still time to help and Bowling for Rhinos is doing just that.

               Approximately 60 organizations in the U.S. and Canada pair with AAZK to support Bowling for Rhinos and to date total funds raised is over $4.3 million with all proceeds directly benefiting rhinos in the wild. The Zoo and its AAZK chapter have successfully raised over $247,000 through its events, making us one of the largest contributors to Bowling for Rhinos. Oklahoma City’s local involvement has a global impact.

               To pre-register, call (405) 424-3344 or visit Registrations the night of the event will be accepted. Teams and individuals are welcome to participate. If you do not wish to bowl but would like to support the cause, sponsor a team or make donations at or send them to “AAZK Bowling for Rhinos,” 2101 NE 50th, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73111. For more information about Bowling for Rhinos and rhino conservation, visit

              Spare an evening to help save rhinos! The Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Hours of operation from July 1 through August 26, are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Enjoy late Saturdays now through September 7, as the Zoo stays open until 8 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 7:45 p.m. All guests must exit Zoo grounds at closing. Zoo admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages three-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Become a Zoo fan at or follow us on Twitter @okczoo. While in the park, stay in the know with the Zoo’s new mobile site for updates and helpful tips. Learn more about the Zoo at (405) 424-3344 or

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