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SOS Rhino : In the News: Press Releases : November 26th, 2002

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Dr. Annelisa Marcelle Kilbourn

Chicago, IL -- SOS RHINO is deeply saddened to report that our friend, colleague and Research Field Scientist Dr. Annelisa M. Kilbourn 35, died tragically on the afternoon of November 2 in a small plane accident in the Lope Nature Preserve in Gabon, Africa.

The entire conservation community mourns the loss of this young researcher who in a short time made a difference in protecting some of the worldís most endangered animalsî Dr Nan Schaffer, President of SOS Rhino, in Chicago.

For more than 2 years, Annelisa worked for SOS Rhino contributing much to wildlife research in Malaysia. She also worked for other conservation organizations in Chicago, including Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium.

Her work in Malaysia to save the endangered Sumatran rhinos of Borneo has given these magnificent animals a chance for survival.

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 on the island of Borneo.

In addition to her work as an SOS Rhino researcher, Annelisa consulted for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Gabon, Congo and CAR. While implementing and conducting research on the health of free-ranging wild populations of apes, she discovered the connection between viral transmission to humans and dwindling ape populations in Gabon.

SOS Rhino offers our deepest sympathies to Annelisa's family and friends.

A memorial service is being planned to celebrate her life on December 8th, 2002 at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Laflin Building from 12pm-3pm.

Dr. Annelisa Marcelle Kilbourn is survived by her parents, Hans and Barry Kilbourn, and her sister, Kirsten Kilbourn. Ý

Johanne and Barry Kilbourn
78 Glenrock Oakwood Ave.
Norwalk, CT Ý06850

SOS Rhino has established memorial fund in Annelisaís name to help continue her work in Sumatran rhino conservation in Malaysia.

Contributions can be made online at or mailed directly to SOS Rhino 680 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611, attn: Annelisa Fund. 312.222.0440, fax 312.222.0990. Inquires emailed to

To help celebrate Annelisaís life, SOS Rhino has an online page dedicated to those that knew her to post a few words as we remember her, her accomplishments and her spirit.