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Releases : November 26th, 2002
SOS Rhino Press Releases
SOS RHINO MOURNS LOSS OF YOUNG RESEARCHER:
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,
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 www.sosrhino.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. www.sosrhino.org