Kuala Lumpur, November 24: The last surviving Sumatran rhino in Malaysia has died, wildlife officials said Sunday. Once found as far away as eastern India and throughout Malaysia, the Sumatran rhino has been almost wiped out, with fewer than 80 left anywhere, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Only a handful of the creatures remain in the wilds of Indonesia.
Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga told AFP the 25-year-old female named Iman died on the island of Borneo from cancer. Malaysia's Last Male Sumatran Rhino Dies: Officials.
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The last Sumatran #rhinoceros just died in Malaysia. The species is now extinct from one more range country. Now there are some 30-80 such creatures available on whole #planet. Happening within our lifetime. PC - Net. pic.twitter.com/YR7Yep2pUC
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"She was starting to suffer significant pain from the growing pressure of the tumours," Tuuga said.
"I think we can confirm that the Sumatran rhino is now extinct in Malaysia," he added.
Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhino died in May this year. Tam also had lived in the same nature reserve with Iman on Borneo island in Malaysia's Sabah state.
John Payne, executive director of Borneo Rhino Alliance said the Sumatran rhinos have been hard hit by factors including changes in climate, vegetation and hunting for traditional Chinese medicine.