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Annelisa Memorial Fund

SOS Rhino's first Field Research Scientist, the late Dr. Annelisa M. Kilbourn was among winners of the prestigious UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) Global 500 Award in 2003.

For more than 2 years, Dr. Annelisa M. Kilbourn worked for SOS Rhino contributing much to wildlife research in Sabah, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. Working with SOS Rhino staff, she developed a computerized wildlife tracking system to facilitate data collection and survey of animal localization in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Her work in Malaysia to save the endangered Sumatran rhinos and other wildlife of Borneo has given these magnificent animals a chance for survival.

Tragically killed the afternoon of Saturday, November 2, 2002 in a small plane accident in the Lope Nature Preserve in Gabon, Annelisa will be sorely missed by all. Her skills as a scientist and researcher were matched only by her capacity to engage professional colleagues, government officials, business owners and native peoples in conservation and community. For those lucky enough to have personally known and worked with her, Annelisa's spirit and passion will outshine even her renowned contributions.

SOS Rhino has established a memorial fund in Annelisa's name to help continue her work dedicated to the survival of wildlife in Malaysian Borneo. SOS Rhino has and will continue to match all donations made to the Annelisa Memorial Fund.

The first recipient of the Annelisa Memorial Fund is Taranjeet Kaur Awtar Singh, DVM. Dr. Tara is working to determine the presence, distribution and population density of crocodiles along the Lower Segamam River and its tributaries in Sabah, Malaysia. The Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) had prepared a crocodile management plan in 2002 and is continuing to gather research data on Sabah's only species, Crocodylus porosus . There are three villages within the study site and there may be a human-crocodile conflict in the making. The field survey will provide relevant data to be incorporated into the SWD's crocodile management plan.


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