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Bowling for Rhinos 2016


Hope to see y’all next year! June 2017

Presented by the American Association of Zookeepers

Save endangered wildlife in a fun night of bowling that is perfect for the whole family! 5 people are allowed per bowling lane. Don’t have enough people for a full bowling lane? Don’t worry! We will match you with a bowling group.

Friday, June 10, 2016
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Palace Bowling Lanes
4191 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77025

Choose from one of two bowling sessions:
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

*We recommend arriving early for your scheduled bowling session so that you have time to get your shoes and can begin bowling right on time.

Online Pre-registration prices:

Entry Fee With Bowling:

  • $25 Adult (Ages 13 & up)
  • $10 Child (Ages 5-12)

Entry Fee Non-Bowling:

  • $10 Adult
  • $5 Child
  • Children 4 & under FREE


Prices on the Night of the Event:

Entry Fee With Bowling:

  • $30 Adult (Ages 13 & up)
  • $15 Child (Ages 5-12)

Entry Fee Non-Bowling:

  • $15 Adult
  • $10 Child
  • Children 4 & under FREE

Event Features

  • Entry fee with Bowling includes: unlimited bowling for two hours, shoe and ball rental, event giveaway item, and access to silent auction and raffle.
  • Non-bowling fee includes:  event giveaway item, and access to silent auction and raffle.
  • DK from the The Dave, Mahoney & DK Morning Show on Mix 96.5 will be hosting the event!
  • Beer Lovers! Be sure to check out the bar during your bowling breaks for a special on Saint Arnold’s available only during Bowling for Rhinos!
  • Silent Auction with paintings done by Houston Zoo animals.
  • Activity table for kids and a chance to meet Charge the Rhino.
  • Access to bowling alley full service cocktail and snack bar which will have items available for purchase.
  • All proceeds go toward rhino conservation.

Bring your appetites! We will have several food trucks on site selling their scrumptious goodies.

Waffle Bus Logo

A well-known truck featured on the food network and Cooking Channel, The Waffle Bus has won the hearts of thousands of food truck lovers with their unique concept of bringing waffles to the sandwich world. Options include their Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle, Cheeseburger Fryders, Wings and Waffles and much more.


Also on the Food Network and Voted Houston’s Top 100 Food Trucks, St. John’s Fire will be adding fire to our BFR food trucks this year featuring a number of Cajun options alongside your good old Southern Comfort Foods. Options include a Cajun Egg Rolls (Seen on EAT St./ Food Network), Fried Crawfish Mac & Cheese Balls, Slow Roasted Pulled-Pork Sandwich and so much more!

Betty Logo

Being recognized for using organic products and choosing recycled or biodegradable material for their packaging, Frosted Betty will satisfy your sweet tooth.  Options include assorted flavors of cupcakes, cake balls, cookies and more. Make sure you stop by sometime during your visit to grab something sweet.


Questions? e-mail

Why Save Rhinos?

With only 5 rhino species totaling 25,000 individuals, spread across Africa and parts of Asia, every loss is another setback in the recovery of the Rhino. Some of the largest numbers of remaining rhino occur in South Africa. So far this year (as of June 1 2013) over 394 rhinos have been killed in South Africa alone; that is a rate of 1 rhino poached about every 10 hours. Even with these losses, protection measures are helping species such as the white rhino and black rhino slowly increase with both populations up by 10% or more since 2007.

  • A $10 gift will help pay for the gasoline required to move anti-poaching patrols through protected areas.
  • $25 gift could buy a basic tool kit that allows anti-poaching rangers to maintain their equipment.
  • A $50 gift is enough to pay for a fingerprint kit that will hlep bring poachers to justice.
  • A $75 gift can help care for and feed a rhino at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary for 5 days.


Find out more about the conservation programs we support:

The AAZK Bowling for Rhinos Page

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya

The International Rhino Foundation

Action for Cheetahs in Kenya

Bowling for Rhinos was on the radio! Listen to us on Mix 96.5:

Dave, Mahoney and DK from Mix 96.5 speak with Becca Salinas and John Scaramucci of the Houston Zoo and the Greater Houston Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers.

Become a Sponsor!

All sponsor ships include bowling for 4 hours. Please let us know if you do not plan to bowl so that we can release your lane to other bowlers.


Pin Sponsor – $100

  • Lane certificate placed on ball return machine on lane
  • Company acknowledged on event promotional materials
  • Includes bowling entry fees for 2 people for 4 hours

Spares Sponsor – $250

  • Lane certificate placed on ball return machine on lane
  • Company acknowledged on event promotional materials
  • Includes one reserved bowling lane and bowling entry fees for 5 people for 4 hours

Strikes Sponsor – $500

  • Lane banner on an outer lane with company name
  • Company acknowledged on event promotional materials
  • Includes one reserved bowling lane and bowling entry fees for 5 people for 4 hours
  • 4 general admission tickets to the Houston Zoo

Perfect Game Sponsor – $1000

  • Lane banner on a middle lane with company name
  • Includes 2 reserved bowling lanes and bowling entry fees for 10 people for 4 hours
  • Company acknowledged on event promotional materials
  • Rhino Behind-the-Scenes Tour for 4 people at the Houston Zoo

The deadline to be included in all event promotional materials, including large lane banners has passed. You are still welcome to sponsor and will be represented through signage at each lane.

We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about sponsorship. Please e-mail us at

If you’re ready to sponsor, please click on the “donate now” button above or print out the sponsorship form below and mail it with payment to:

GHCAAZK at Houston Zoo
1513 Cambridge
Houston, TX 77030

Make checks payable to GHCAAZK. All donations are tax deductible.

BFR Company Sponsorship & Ticket Form 2015

2016 Bowling for Rhinos Logo Contest!


Congratulations to Denise Tennill & Rebecca Salinas for winning the 2016 Bowling for Rhinos logo contest!

 Purchase Your 2016 Bowling for Rhinos T-Shirt NOW!

Order by June 1st in order to receive your t-shirt before the event!



What is “Bowling for Rhinos”?

The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) sponsors an annual fundraiser bowl-a-thon called Bowling for Rhinos (BFR). Join zoo keepers and employees at one of two sessions for bowling and the opportunity to discuss the animals they care for. Over 60 AAZK chapters have raised more than $6 million since 1990 to support three conservation projects; including, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, the International Rhino Foundation and Action for Cheetahs in Kenya. Our efforts continue to make great strides in protecting the world’s rhinos, in addition to hundreds of other endangered plant and animal species that share their habitat.


Thank You To Our 2016 Bowling for Rhinos Sponsors

Perfect Game Sponsors
neoRhino IT Solutions
Bob Greer

Strikes Sponsor
National Terrazzo, Tile & Marble, Inc

Spares Sponsor
Houston Zoo Vet Clinic Keepers
The Fun Bunch
The Gray Family
The Pietrucha Family

Pin Sponsor
Toni and Noel Noble
Rhinos in the Wild