Written by: Memory Mays and Tim Junker
I should start by saying there are many more than 5 reasons to go to this year’s Bowling For Rhinos held by the Greater Houston Chapter AAZK. Not only will there be bowling, but there will also be a silent auction, raffle, free giveaways, and food. All of these things will make it a fun evening, but they are not part of this top five list. No. Those top five spots have been reserved for the last 5 species of rhinos, all of whom are endangered. Let’s go through this list to learn more about rhinos.
- The Javan Rhino- This specie is one of three Asian species of rhinos. Right now, there are only 40-50 Javan Rhinos left in the world. They are also called the Lesser One-Horned Rhino because they do, in fact, only have one horn.
- The Sumatran Rhino- Estimated to only have about 100 individuals left, this specie originates from Asia. It most closely resembles the extinct Wooly rhino because of the hair that covers their bodies. In the past century, only 4 Sumatran rhinos have been born in captivity.
- The Indian Rhino- Also called the Greater One-Horned Rhino. This specie is the only one of the Asian rhinos where conservation has made a noticeable difference. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were less than 200 individuals. However, today they number at about 3,333 rhinos which is still considered a very small number.
- The Black Rhino- Numbered at 4,880 individuals, the Black rhino is the more endangered rhino specie in Africa. This number has seen a dramatic decline since 1960 where they were estimated to have 60,000 individuals.
- The White Rhino- White Rhinos have the highest population numbers of the 5 rhino species. Currently there are about 20,405 white rhinos. The White rhino is the 2nd largest land mammal and can weigh up to 5,000 pounds! We have three representatives housed at the Houston Zoo who are named Sibindi, Lynne, and Annie Kamariah.
I guess after doing some math I should say that there are at least 28,768 reasons to go to this year’s BFR since every individual rhino has an important part to play in rhino conservation. If you would also like to play a part in rhino conservation and have some fun while doing it, visit www.houstonzoo.org/bowling-for-rhinos to learn more about how you can participate in this year’s Bowling For Rhinos.