Sumatran rhinoceros becomes extinct in Malaysia with death of last female rhino, Iman
The last rhino of the Sumatran species in Malaysia died on the island of Borneo. The rhino was named Iman. The wildlife officials have obtained her egg cells for a possible collaboration with other scientists to reproduce the critically endangered species.
The Sumatran rhino is the smallest of the rhinoceros species. It once roamed across Asia as far as India, but its numbers have shrunk drastically due to deforestation and poaching. The WWF conservation group estimates that there are only about 80 left, mostly living in the wild in Sumatra, an island located in Indonesia. Both African and Sumatran rhinoceros have two horns, while Indian and Javan rhinoceros have a single horn. Rhinoceros are killed for their horns which are sold on the black market because of their supposed medical attributes.