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Goodbye, Tam: Malaysia's Last Male Sumatran Rhino Dies

We've failed our wildlife yet again.


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Goodbye, Tam: Malaysia's Last Male Sumatran Rhino Dies

If the Sumatran rhinos aren't already extinct, we're getting there.

Tam, Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhino, has died on May 27, The Star reported. 

The rhino has been suffering from several health complications for a while, according to the news portal.

Although the news came as no surprise to those who have been keeping up to date with his fate, it is still a sad day for the country. 


Malaysia only has one more Sumatran rhino left - Iman, a female rhino.

However, without a male rhino, the chances of having a new generation of that particular species of rhino is next to none. 


Sumatran rhinos are considered as a critically endangered species, with less than 80 of them left in the wild. 

ALSO READ: 3 Other Animal Species In Malaysia That Are Facing Extinction

With constant deforestation, the chances of the species to recover from near extinction is slim without drastic actions. 

Other rhino species in the world are also facing similar fate, with the Javanese rhinos being as close to extinction as their Sumatran friends. 


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