THE GREATER PHILADELPHIA AND ELMWOOD PARK
CHAPTERS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ZOO KEEPERS
HOST CINCO DE RHINO FUNDRAISER
Regional Zoo Keepers Support Bowling for Rhinos Project to Raise Awareness for
the Conservation of Rhinos and the Ecosystems They Inhabit
NORRISTOWN, PA – April 24, 2013 – Local zoo keepers from the Philadelphia area are partnering with the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) to host a unique fundraiser for the conservation of rhinos and the ecosystems they inhabit. The event, called Cinco de Rhino Walk/Ride, will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013, to coincide with Cinco de Mayo. Participants will either walk a 5K around the Elmwood Park Zoo, starting at 4:00 p.m., or bike 15 miles from the Elmwood Park Zoo to the Philadelphia Zoo, starting at 6:00 p.m.
All registrants will receive a “rhinose” – a stylized plastic rhino horn made from recycled polypropylene by the Rhinose Foundation – and bright red horns to be worn on bikers’ helmets and walkers’ heads during the event to call attention to this worthy cause.
Rhinos have been around for more than 50 million years, but their survival through the next 50 years is in jeopardy. They are poached by sophisticated international criminal syndicates for their horns, landing them on the 2011 International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
“We’re excited that AAZK members from the Philadelphia and Elmwood Park Zoos have collaborated to bring this event to the Greater Philadelphia area. We look forward to shedding some light on the issues threatening rhino survival and spreading the word about wildlife conservation in a fun, attention-grabbing way,” says Wendy Lenhart, AAZK national board member-elect and Greater Philadelphia chapter chairperson. “It is a positive approach to get people thinking and inspire change.”
All proceeds from registration will benefit AAZK’s signature project, Bowling for Rhinos, which supports three rhino sanctuaries in Indonesia, Sumatra and Kenya, while building community participation and engagement. Since 1990, this program has raised over $4 million, with more than $135,000 from the Greater Philadelphia chapter’s efforts.
There is a $20 registration fee for the walk and a $15 registration fee for the bike ride, including Elmwood Park Zoo admission. To register or make a donation, visit www.cincoderhinophilly.eventbrite.com. Please note that the bike ride is limited to experienced riders, as there will be no rest stops or other rider support available.