San Diego has helped a rhinoceros conservation group surpass its fundraising goal.
The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) aimed to raise $500,000 at its annual Bowling for Rhinos events across the country, a goal which it exceeded. More than $217,000 of this came from the San Diego chapter alone, according to a news release from San Diego Zoo Global.
The money donated will support rhino sanctuaries in Kenya and Indonesia.
The local Bowling for Rhinos event took place May 16 at Kearny Mesa Bowl, which was attended by NBC 7 meteorologist and “Down to Earth with Dagmar” correspondent Dagmar Midcap. Dagmar reported that rhino horn can sell for $90,000 a pound on the Asian black market.
AAZK was founded in San Diego in 1967. Bowling for Rhinos has raised over $5 million for the endangered creatures since it began in 1990, according to AAZK.