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SOS Rhino : In the News: Press Releases : February 25, 2005
  Dr. Nan Schaffer elected to Chicago Zoological Society Board of Trustees
  February 25, 2005


Nan Schaffer, DVM, president and founder of SOS Rhino, was recently elected to the Chicago Zoological Society Board of Trustees, which manages Brookfield Zoo.

SOS Rhino, a non-profit international foundation that Dr. Schaffer established in 1996, is dedicated to preserving the five rhinoceros species in their natural habitats. Its conservation programs combine research, education, marketing and advocacy, all working together to achieve sustainable results. With support, SOS Rhino develops and funds rhino conservation and awareness programs to individual countries, providing them with the information and tools to build lasting rhino conservation.

Dr. Schaffer received her degree in veterinary medicine from Texas A & M University, is a leading authority on rhino reproduction , and has produced 45 publications, 41 scientific presentations, and 11 scientific videos on the subject. She is one of the premiere researchers who discovered the layout of the male and female rhino reproductive anatomy. Her expertise includes technical assistance, cage-restraint systems, reproductive techniques, as well as consulting on husbandry and management of the rhino. In 1991, she began working with the Malaysian government on the Sumatran rhino. Under the direction of Dr. Shaffer, one of SOS Rhino's major community-based conservation efforts is helping to save the last population of rhinos on the island of Borneo by combining in-situ and ex-situ components, and involving local villagers, government, and businesses.

The Chicago Zoological Society Board of Trustees is committed to carrying out the mission of Brookfield Zoo to help people develop a sustainable and harmonious relationship with nature.

Brookfield Zoo is recognized as one of the world's leading zoos. Each year more than two million people visit the Brookfield Zoo to experience its innovative, naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and understand its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Open every day of the year, Brookfield Zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways, just 14 miles west of downtown Chicago. The zoo is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, and PACE bus service.

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