Sumatran rhinos are on the edge of extinction even in 2015, as it was then in the world there are only two representatives of this species. In the coffin of rare rhinos were hammered another nail — Minister of Malaysia on tourism and the environment announced that the last male of this species by the name of TEM died in a wildlife reserve Tabin. Live now is only a female named Iman, but little hope for the revival of the form is still there.
Rhino TEM was caught at the plantation of oil palms city Tawau in August 2010 when he was 20 years old. During his stay in the reserve, his condition has deteriorated, and in April of 2019, he lost appetite and lost strength. The cause of death is still unknown, but the reserve staff suspected that he had kidney failure and liver. Aging could really cause death because Sumatran rhinos rarely live up to 35-40 years.
A rare species of rhinoceros is almost extinct
Attempts to separate the TEM and Iman have failed, so in 2017 male was subjected to euthanasia. In any case, the staff of the reserve has preserved its genome — perhaps thanks to the technology of the future with him will be revived. It is also possible that in nature the males of the Sumatran Rhino still remains, and people have yet to find them.
The reduction in the number of rhinos due to poaching. It is believed that their horns have medicinal properties, so the pound horn is estimated at 30 thousand dollars. Hunting was carried out on them a long time — in 1970-ies the inhabitants of the island of Sumatra used body parts of rhinos for making amulets and antidotes.
Recall that in 2018 he died last male white Rhino. He was put to sleep on purpose, as was suffering from severe degenerative diseases. More information can be read in our material.
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