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Save endangered wildlife in a fun night of bowling that is perfect for the whole family! This annual fundraiser to is organized by The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). Proceeds are donated to three conservation projects in Africa working to protect wild rhinos in their native habitat.

Bowling for Rhinos

Saturday, June 17, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Emerald Bowl
9307 Boone Rd.
Houston, Texas 77099

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

Don’t have enough people for a full bowling lane? Don’t worry! We will match you with a bowling group. Five people are allowed per bowling lane.

Arrive early for your scheduled bowling session so that you have time to get your shoes and bowling balls.

Buy Online and Save $5 Per Ticket

Online Tickets Available Until June 15

Entry Fee With Bowling:
$25 Adult (Ages 13 & up)
$10 Child (Ages 5-12)
Children 4 & under FREE
Entry Fee for Non-Bowlers:
$10 Adult
$5 Child
Children 4 & under FREE

Tickets at the Door (we may sell out – get yours online today!)

Entry Fee With Bowling:
$30 Adult (Ages 13 & up)
$15 Child (Ages 5-12)
Children 4 & under FREE
Entry Fee Non-Bowling:
$15 Adult
$10 Child
Children 4 & under FREE

Questions? Contact us:

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.
  • Silent Auction with paintings done by Houston Zoo animals donated by the Houston Zoo.
  • 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.


Become a Sponsor!

All sponsorships 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
Spares Sponsor - $250
Strikes Sponsor - $500
Perfect Game Sponsor - $1000
The deadline to be included in all event promotional materials, including large lane banners is May 31. 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

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

 2017 Bowling for Rhinos T-Shirt Design Contest!

Congratulations to Jesse Bautista for this year’s winning design!

Our Bowling For Rhinos merchandise is now on sale! You can get a variety of sizes, colors and styles so be sure to buy one and help us support rhino conservation worldwide!

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