It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing away of Mr Thilo W Hoffmann, Chairman Emeritus of the Ceylon Bird Club on the 13th of May 2014 at the age of 92.

He managed the affairs of the Ceylon Bird Club almost single handedly for many years as its Chairman, Secretary and Editor maintaining the club’s high standards to bring it to the prestigious position it enjoys today.

He was also the President of the Wild Life and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka from 1968 to 1980.

He was tireless in his efforts to conserve the Wild Life and the Environment of this country and is especially remembered for his role in saving the Sinharaja Reserve.

In 2005 he was awarded the ‘Sri Lanka Ratna’ which is the highest honour conferred to a non-national for exceptionally outstanding and most distinguished service to Sri Lanka.

The Ceylon Bird Club will miss his presence and guidance in the future.


The Ceylon Bird Club

Origin The Ceylon Bird Club was founded in 1943 with seven members, including G. M. Henry and W.W.A. Phillips, two of Sri Lanka’s foremost ornitholo­gists. Ini­tially, its purpose was to share and record members’ observations. Read More ››

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