AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo recently formed an Akron Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). The newly founded chapter will be hosting their first event on Saturday, September 6 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. A Rummage for Rhinos sale will take place at Family of Faith Church, 800 E. Market St. in Akron.
All proceeds will go to support Bowling for Rhinos, a nation-wide AAZK fundraiser which supports rhino populations at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Way Kambas in Sumatra. If people are interested in donating items for the rummage sale they can contact Matt Mills at MattM@akronzoo.org and schedule a time to donate or drop off donations September 4th or 5th from 4-8 p.m. at 1485 Eastwood Avenue Akron, OH 44305.
Rhino populations world wide are being devastated by poachers for their horns, which are made of nothing more than tightly wound hair. Since 1991 AAZK has raised nearly $5 million to protect vulnerable populations, including the last 46 Javan rhinos in the world.
AAZK is a membership association for animal care professionals to exchange information and network with one another. The American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc. began in 1967 in San Diego, CA with the purpose of promoting professionalism in zoo keeping through education of zoological staff members in the most modern and current techniques of captive exotic animal care. Membership is currently at 2,800 individuals. You do not have to be an animal keeper to join.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $8 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $3. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.