ROYAL OAK, Mich., June 15, 2012 – For the 23rd year, the Detroit chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) invites bowlers to help save rhinoceroses "one pin at a time" at Bowling for Rhinos.  The bowl-a-thon for the conservation of endangered rhinos will take place on Saturday, June 30, 2012, 7 p.m., at Thunderbird Lanes in Troy, 400 W. Maple Road.

Bowlers may register individually or form a team of four to five for the event, which features bowling, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle.  The $10 registration fee includes shoe rental, two games, pizza and soft drinks.

Bowlers are asked to collect a minimum of $15 for adults and $10 for children in sponsorships.  Participants who raise $50 or more will receive a Bowling for Rhinos T-shirt; those who raise more than $100 will receive a T-shirt and bag.  All donations are tax deductible.

Registration forms are available at www.aazkdetroit.org.  Forms and fees should be received by June 23 as space is limited.  Anyone who is unable to attend the event but would like to support rhino conservation can visit the AAZK website to make a donation.

A special kids' Bowling for Rhinos will take place on Saturday, July 21, 2012, 3:30 p.m., at Thunderbird Lanes.

Each year, more than 60 AAZK chapters throughout the U.S. host Bowling for Rhinos bowl-a-thons, raising more than $200,000 annually since 1990.  The Detroit Zoo chapter alone has raised more than $172,000 to date.  All proceeds directly benefit three rhino conservation projects in Africa and Asia.

AAZK is a nonprofit volunteer organization made up of professional zookeepers and other interested persons who are dedicated to professional animal care and wildlife conservation.