The last female Sumatran rhino dies in Malaysia — leaving less than 80 male rhinos on the brink of extinction
- Malaysia’s last female Sumatran rhino, Iman, died at the
BorneoRhino Sanctuary in Tabin Wildlife Reserve.
- There are less than 80 Sumatran rhino left in the world.
- Wildlife conservationists have held hope to breed Iman and reproduce the critically endangered species through artificial insemination.
According to the
The Sumatran rhino, popularly known as Asian rhino with two horns, is the most endangered of all rhinos. Most of them are living in Indonesia under heavy protection.
The species witnessed a rapid decline because of deforestation and poaching. More than 70% of the population have depleted in the last two decades. Rhinos are hunted for their horns used in traditional medicines in many parts of Asia.
"We are saddened by today's news. On behalf of the
Iman’s death comes six months after the death of Sabah — the only such male rhino in