Malaysia’s last Sumatran male rhino dies, dashing hopes to save the species in the country
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Malaysia’s last male Sumatran rhinoceros has died, dashing efforts to save the critically endangered species in the country.
Iman, a female captured in 2014, is now the only rhino of her kind left in Malaysia
Wildlife experts estimate that only about 30 to 80 Sumatran rhinos remain in the world
Genetic material has been preserved for future attempts to reproduce Sumatran rhinos
The rhino, named Tam, was about 30 years old and lived at a wildlife reserve in Sabah state on Borneo island since his capture in 2008, Christina Liew, state minister for tourism, culture and environment, said in a statement.
The Sumatran rhino, the smallest species of rhinoceros, was declared extinct in the wild in Malaysia in 2015.
Iman, a female captured in 2014, is now the only surviving member of the subspecies left in the country.
Another female rhino, Puntung, died in captivity in 2017.