Will these endangered Malaysian species suffer the same fate as Tam the rhino?

  • 29 May 2019

Malaysia's last male Sumatran Rhinoceros, Tam, died recently, leaving a female rhino, Iman, as the final and only Sumatran rhino in the country.

According to experts at the International Rhino Foundation, there are less than 80 Sumatran rhinos in the wild, and the numbers are insufficient to keep the species from extinction.

In 2013, the western black rhino was declared extinct. Meanwhile, the world's last male northern white rhino died last year.

According to WWF-Malaysia (World Wide Fund for Nature), these are the other endangered species in Malaysia besides the Sumatran Rhino:

Malayan Tiger

The Malayan Tiger was included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Red List as a critically endangered species. There were about 3,000 Malayan tigers in Malaysia back in the 50s. However, there were only about 340 left in 2014 when the species was added to the list.

Bornean Elephant

The Bornean Elephants in Sabah are losing their habitats due to constant deforestation, and their lives are put at risk when human-elephant conflict increases. Currently, there are only about 1,500 species left in Malaysia.

Borneo Orang Utan

In the year 2016, the IUCN has included the Bornean Orang Utan in their 'Critically Endangered' Red List. The species is facing an extremely high risk of extinction as its population in Sabah has dropped from 20,000 to 11,000 in the last 20 years.

Marine and Hawksbill Sea Turtles

The consumption and trade of turtle eggs, coastal developments, and beach pollution are the reasons behind the reduction of these species. Currently, there are about 10,000 conserved nests in Terengganu.

Now, let's work towards protecting these endangered species before it's too late.

Source: WWF-Malaysia
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