In the wild, stay at least 80 individuals.
The last male sumatrensis Rhino in Malaysia by the name of Tehm died Monday around noon local time in the reserve Tabin on the island of Kalimantan.
His cause of death is not yet known, but early evidence suggests that his kidneys and perhaps the liver, began to fail, writes the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference for a New time.
TEM got sick in late April, lost appetite and energy. Monday, 27 may, 30-year-old Rhino died in Tabin reserve in Sabah, which has been his home since he was caught in the wild in 2008.
Under the threat of extinction of the Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) was declared extinct in the wild in Malaysia in 2015, but while Tam was still alive, remained a thin thread of hope.
Now there remains only one female sumatrensis Rhino named Iman. In the wild, stay at least 80 individuals. They scattered areas of Kalimantan (Indonesian part of Borneo) and Sumatra, and their numbers are still declining.
Iman still producing viable eggs, which means that IVF and surrogacy may be possible. However, Susie Ellis, Executive Director of the International Rhino Foundation, in a statement noted that previous attempts were unsuccessful.
The loss of the TEM emphasizes the need to find the remaining Sumatran rhinos in the wilds of Kalimantan and Sumatra and deliver them to the reserves where they can be protected.
The Malaysian reserve is still hope that Indonesia can be persuaded to join forces.
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“We just have to keep the last remaining Rhino. That’s all we can do, we will try to work with Indonesia,” said Augustine Tuuga, Director of the wildlife Department of Sabah.