IRF Staff Participates in Rhino Week at Zoos in Massachusetts

Bill with Southwick’s Zoo director Betsey Brewer and resident white rhinos, Thelma and Louise
Bill with Southwick’s Zoo director Betsey Brewer and resident white rhinos, Thelma and Louise

IRF Program Officer Bill Konstant recently visited two zoos in Massachusetts, Southwick’s Zoo in the town of Mendon and the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, both of which held special events to raise funds for rhino conservation. Bill gave two presentations as part of Southwick’s Zoo’s Rhino Week, which included a poster contest, special encounters with the two resident white rhinos, Thelma and Louis, and an evening Winos for Rhinos event.  At Franklin Park, Bill spoke to members of the local American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) chapter, which helps support Rhino Protection Units in Indonesia through its annual Bowling for Rhinos event.  During his visit, zoo staff held a special “Lawn Bowling for Rhinos” for visitors, who also contribute to rhino conservation each time one experiences the Zoo’s Rhino Rescue 6D Adventure.
Rhino Week poster
Rhino Week poster

Poster Contest
Poster Contest

 Poster entry
Poster entry

Winos for Rhinos poster
Winos for Rhinos poster

Local 5th grader Mia Corriveau donated more than $100 to IRF, raising the funds from fellow students and friends
Local 5th grader Mia Corriveau donated more than $100 to IRF, raising the funds from fellow students and friends

Franklin Park Zoo’s giraffe mascot “Lawn Bowling for Rhinos”
Franklin Park Zoo’s giraffe mascot “Lawn Bowling for Rhinos”

Zoo director John Linehan “Lawn Bowling for Rhinos”
Zoo director John Linehan “Lawn Bowling for Rhinos”

 
Bill and John in front of Rhino Rescue 6D Adventure
Bill and John in front of Rhino Rescue 6D Adventure

 
John and zoo visitors experience Rhino Rescue 6D Adventure.
John and zoo visitors experience Rhino Rescue 6D Adventure.

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