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US News Iman was the last of her kind in Malaysia. The Sumatran rhino is now extinct in the country.

02:05  24 november  2019
02:05  24 november  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Iman was the last of her kind in Malaysia . The Sumatran rhino is now extinct in the country . Once native to rainforests throughout Asia, Sumatran rhinos now only live in the wild in Indonesia. Re-population efforts for the species are complicated by a mix of human-driven factors like building

Malaysia ’s last male Sumatran rhinoceros , Tam, has died—a serious blow for the critically endangered species, which is already extinct in With Puntung’s euthanization in 2017 due to cancer, Iman is now the nation’s sole remaining member of its species in Malaysia . Due to decades of

A 25-year-old female Sumatran rhino has died at a sanctuary in Borneo, marking the extinction of the species in its native Malaysia.

The rhino, named Iman, had cancer, though state officials in Malaysia described the death as natural, according to The Star, an English-language newspaper in Malaysia. The paper reported that before her death, Iman had nearly died several times due to blood loss from her uterine tumors but was nursed back to health each time.

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Last of the species in country , a female rhino named Iman , ‘died sooner than expected’.

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Iman’s death is a blow for the species, which is already among the most endangered in the world. Sumatran rhinos are “critically endangered,” according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s “red list,” meaning the species is just one category removed from extinction. Still, investments in breeding programs and scientific advancements with reproductive technology offer outside hope for saving the species.

There are fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos, sometimes called “hair rhinos” left in the world, with some estimates as low as 30, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Once native to rainforests throughout Asia, Sumatran rhinos now only live in the wild in Indonesia.

Repopulation efforts for the species are complicated by a mix of human-driven factors like building into the rhinos’ native habitats and the animals’ loner nature coupled with their long gestation periods, Terri Roth, vice president of conservation and science at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden told The Washington Post Saturday.

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Malaysia ’s last surviving male Sumatran rhino has died, wildlife officials have said, leaving behind only one The smallest species of rhinoceros was declared extinct in the wild in Malaysia in 2015. Iman , a female captured in 2014, is the only surviving member of the subspecies left in the country .

Sumatran rhinos are the world's smallest rhinoceros species, standing at around 4 feet 3 inches high, when BORA describes the rhinos as "functionally extinct ," meaning that the few animals remaining are Tam's death means there is only one Sumatran rhino , a female called Iman , left in Malaysia .

Courtship for Sumatran rhinos isn’t easy, either.

“What’s made breeding these rhinos so difficult is because they are so solitary; you can’t house males and females together, or else they’ll fight, and the pairing has to be timed to when the female is ovulating,” said Roth, who also directs the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife. “What’s happened with the wild population, and such fragmented forests, is that they don’t come into contact often enough."

Female Sumatran rhinos gestate a single calf for about 15 months and go long stretches without being pregnant. Infertile periods also mean reproduction issues can crop up in males and females Roth said, nothing that by the time Iman was captured in 2014, she already had uterine tumors.

This picture taken on November 8, 2016 shows Andatu, a Sumatran rhino, one of the rarest large mammals on earth, at the Rhino Sanctuary at Way Kambas National Park in eastern Sumatra. There are no more than 100 left on the entire planet and Andatu -- a four-year old male -- is one of the last remaining hopes for the future of the species. He is part of a special breeding programme at Way Kambas National Park in eastern Sumatra that is trying to save this critically endangered species from disappearing forever.  / AFP / GOH CHAI HIN        (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP via Getty Images) This picture taken on November 8, 2016 shows Andatu, a Sumatran rhino, one of the rarest large mammals on earth, at the Rhino Sanctuary at Way Kambas National Park in eastern Sumatra. There are no more than 100 left on the entire planet and Andatu -- a four-year old male -- is one of the last remaining hopes for the future of the species. He is part of a special breeding programme at Way Kambas National Park in eastern Sumatra that is trying to save this critically endangered species from disappearing forever. / AFP / GOH CHAI HIN (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP via Getty Images)

Though poaching has long been a threat to rhinos, Sumatran rhinos live deep in the forests and don’t travel in herds making it somewhat more difficult for poachers to get to them. Disruption of their habitat due to palm oil harvesting and general development has been the bigger threat, according to Roth.

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The Sumatran rhinoceros has become extinct in Malaysia after the last of the species in the country died of cancer. The Wildlife Department in eastern Sabah state on Borneo said the rhino , named Iman , suffered with a number of uterine tumours since her capture in March 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The Sumatran rhinoceros has become extinct in Malaysia , after the last of the species in the country succumbed to cancer on Saturday. The Wildlife Department in eastern Sabah state on Borneo island said the rhino , named Iman , died of natural causes due to

“Locally, the populations [in Indonesia] have increased, so more and more, people are going into the forests for firewood or to build. It’s difficult to balance the needs of the people and the wildlife needs,” she said.

Iman’s death comes less than six months after Tam, Malaysia’s last living male Sumatran rhino, died at about 30 years old from what was believed to be old age (Sumatran rhinos live to be late 20s to mid-30s). Tam had lived at the same sanctuary as Iman in Borneo, though the two never successfully mated.

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The remaining Sumatran rhinos in captivity are all in southeast Asia; the Cincinnati Zoo was the last U.S. facility to have a Sumatran rhino. Harapan, a male born at the zoo, was sent to the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary in Indonesia in 2015 so he could have a chance to breed.

This picture taken on July 21, 2019 shows a Sumatran rhino at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Way Kambas National Park in Way Kambas, Lampung. - Sumatran rhinos are the smallest of all rhinos, and the only Asian variety with two horns. (Photo by PERDIANSYAH / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PERDIANSYAH/AFP/Getty Images) This picture taken on July 21, 2019 shows a Sumatran rhino at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Way Kambas National Park in Way Kambas, Lampung. - Sumatran rhinos are the smallest of all rhinos, and the only Asian variety with two horns. (Photo by PERDIANSYAH / AFP) (Photo credit should read PERDIANSYAH/AFP/Getty Images)

Roth knows firsthand what it’s like to say goodbye to a Sumatran rhino you’ve cared for.

“They’re incredibly sweet. That really surprises people — they think of rhinos as these big powerful beasts,” she said. “They’re pretty solitary in the wild; if you capture them, they’ll be eating out of your hand in 24 hours.”

Susie Ellis, executive director of the Texas-based conservation nonprofit International Rhino Foundation, offered condolences to the Sabah government and the Borneo Rhino Alliance. She pointed to the possibility that Iman’s legacy might endure with the help of science: The Borneo Rhino Sanctuary previously harvested Iman’s egg cells with the hope of one day creating a viable Sumatran rhino embryo.

“There is limited knowledge about Sumatran rhino reproductive physiology, and converting cells in a laboratory into viable embryos is complex,” Ellis said. “Still, there is hope for the survival of Sumatran rhinos.”


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