Bowling for Rhinos | Charity Event for Conservation

The American Association of Zoo Keepers

The Houston Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers hosted its annual “Bowling for Rhinos” fundraiser last Friday.

Friends and members of the AAZK and Houston Zoo arrived at Palace Bowling Lanes for a fun-filled night of bowling and silent auction bidding.

About the International Rhino Foundation

The International Rhino Foundation provides technical and financial resources for rhinoceros conservation efforts by supporting applied research, creating rhino conservation programs, and coordinating the resources and communication of rhino conservation partners.

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Sumatran, Javan, Black   and other species of endangered rhinos. Proceeds also benefit the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Action for Cheetahs in Kenya.

To learn more, visit the Houston Zoo’s Conservation blog.

See photos from the event here!

We Saw a Lady Walking a Cheetah

Of all the things I imagined seeing this weekend, a   cheetah on a leash taking a leisurely stroll through the Houston Zoo was NOT on the list. But that’s the kind of thing that happens during Photo Day at the Houston Zoo.

Photo Day is a series of 6 outings during which photographers and photography enthusiasts can visit the Houston Zoo and take pictures of the animals. Fellow Schipulite Derek Key (@dereskey) and I had the opportunity to attend Saturday’s photo day…and that’s how we saw the cheetah.

Our Day…in Photos

The animals are likely to be active during the earliest part of the day, especially in the summer…in Houston. So for Photo Day, the zoo opens two hours early (at 7am) and lets photo enthusiasts catch the early risers. I’ve been to the Houston   Zoo countless times, but this is the first time I saw so many of the big cats and rare birds.

The lions roamed their pen long enough for photo ops…

We watched the reptiles have breakfast, which is creepy and AWESOME

We found out what a Cassowary is…

and finally, we discovered that the meerkats draw quite a crowd!

Have an Awesome Time AND Help the Zoo

Since the Houston Zoo is a non-profit organization it relies heavily on membership and attendance for support. While Photo Day is open to both the public and zoo membership holders, the   zoo features   special events   just for members, including Zoobilee and special Member Mornings.

In addition to cool member activities, the zoo is also involved in conservation efforts like the Lone Star State Projects and fundraising to for treatments that help prevent elephant herpes.

Be sure to check out the Houston Zoo’s Flickr photo stream, and upload photos of your zoo visits!