$75 each for advanced purchase. $85 each at the door.
Tickets are limited. Online sales will be available until 5 pm October 2nd . After that time, if tickets are still available, they can be purchased upon event start time (6:00pm) at the door but cannot be guaranteed.
For more information about Winos for Rhinos, please call our information hotline at (801) 584-1784.
This unique conservation fundraiser is a wine tasting/tapas event held in conjunction with an art and wildlife photography auction held on October 3rd at The Leonardo in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The fundraiser will benefit rhinos, rhino habitat and the people who share their homes worldwide.
The American Association of Zoo Keepers, or AAZK, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in animal care through education of zoological staff in innovative animal husbandry techniques. Association members are animal caretakers, researchers, conservationist and educators from around the world. Membership is over 3,000 and includes individuals at all levels of zoo staff from directors, curators and veterinarians to zoo keepers, animal health technicians, volunteers and students.
The Utah Chapter AAZK has volunteered hundreds of hours and collected thousands of dollars through fundraising efforts to support many local, national and global conservation projects. Most notably, our efforts toward “Bowling for Rhinos”, or BFR, has to date raised over $170,000, having sent a number of local members to the primary benefit sanctuary, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. Over 60 AAZK chapters participate throughout the US and Canada raising over $400,000 annually. BFR funds support the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Way Kambas in Sumatra. These sanctuaries not only save rhinos but also protect entire ecosystems! BFR funds are sent through Lewa USA, the International Rhino Foundation and Action for Cheetahs in Kenya to support top priority needs in wildlife conservation. In addition to bowling, other efforts include Rockin’ for Rhinos, Rummage for Rhinos, Run for Rhinos, Recycling for Rhinos and now “Winos for Rhinos”!
Over the past 5 years, the current rhino poaching crisis has steadily escalated to truly alarming rates throughout Africa and Asia due to the use of rhino horn in traditional Chinese medicines. Rhinos have lived on earth for over 50 million years but whether they survive even 50 more is in question.
In South Africa alone, over the last 5 years: 2010–333, 2011–448, 2012 – 668 and the number for 2013– 1004 and in 2114 a devastating 1215
Rhinos play a vital role in how vegetation can thrive, thus having a direct impact on ALL species sharing their habitats. The benefit sanctuaries protect charismatic mega fauna, as well as hoofstock, small mammals, countless rare and endangered birds, reptiles, insects and even coral reefs, as well as support strong community development through literacy, hunger, health, women’s business and water conservation projects.
Ian Craig, a renowned conservationist who helped found the Lewa Conservancy, described this current emergency as “an unfolding disaster for Africa”. In response to this global crisis, we simply must do something to help. Funds raised will be used to fence in and protect these precious areas, purchase planes and vehicles to curtail poaching, trans-locate rhino into sanctuaries & parks, purchase cameras for censusing, for salaries for anti-poaching security guards, provide patrol stations/equipment and training of park guards in anti-poaching skills. Bowling/Winos for Rhinos also supports strong community development. The local people who live in these regions benefit through supported schools and literacy programs, water projects, women’s business programs and health clinics just to name a few. With this support, we can help conserve all 5 rhinos and their ecosystems worldwide, fueling the war against poaching!
We will be featuring more than 20 pieces of wildlife art and photography by artists and photographers from all over the country who have been impacted and inspired by the beauty that exists throughout these endangered ecosystems. These rare and priceless works will include both amateur and professional pieces. These works will be offered via a silent auction, with proceeds contributing to our overall conservation efforts. Don’t lose out! Be sure to take your favorites home to inspire you for years to come.
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Thanks to the generous support of our event sponsors who stand strong to support rhino conservation!
If you are interested in contributing to the “Winos for Rhinos” cause, sponsorship packages are available prior to and the night of the event.
If you are interested in private seating for your group (max 8 guests), VIP sponsorship packages are available if donating $1000 or more to the “Winos for Rhinos” cause. VIP Sponsorships must be received prior to September 1st. Please call (801) 584-1784 for more information.
For more information, please call our hotline at (801) 584-1784.