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Tam, Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhino, dies

May 27. 2019
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By The Star
Asia News Network

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia’s last surviving male Sumatran rhino Tam died on Monday (May 27) afternoon.

Tam, believed to be in his 30s, had been suffering from kidney and liver damage for quite some time.

Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said he is getting information on the death and their next course of action.

Wildlife Department assistant director Dr Sen Nathan added that a post mortem will be conducted first after this.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Christina Liew is expected to issue a statement on the Tam’s death later Monday (May 27).


According to AFP, Tam's death puts pressure on an ongoing effort for conservationists hoping to use in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques to create offspring from Malaysia's last female Sumatran rhino, Iman, and an Indonesian male.

    Tuuga said there were problems with Iman's uterus and that she was incapable of becoming pregnant, but was still able to produce eggs.

    "We just have to look after the last remaining rhino. That's all we can do, and try if possible to work with Indonesia," he said. 


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