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Malaysia, Nov 25 (Canadian-Media): When Imran, last of the species of Sumatran rhinoceros, succumbed to cancer, Sumatran rhinoceros has become extinct in Malaysia, Federal constitutional monarchy of South Asia, media reports said.
Efforts to breed them have been futile but Sabah authorities have harvested their cells for possible reproduction.
"Despite us knowing that this would happen sooner rather than later, we are so very saddened by this news," said Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew, who is also environment minister.
Liew said that over the past few years, Iman' deteriorating health condition due to sudden massive blood loss, but wildlife officials managed to nurse her back to health several times and were successful in obtaining her egg cells for a possible collaboration with Indonesia for reproduction of the critically endangered species through artificial insemination.
The Sumatran rhino, the smallest of five rhinoceros species, once roamed across Asia as far as India, but due to deforestation and poaching, its numbers have shrunk drastically.
According to the estimates of The World Wide Fund (WWF) conservation group there are only about 80 left, mostly living in the wild in Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia.
The Sumatran as well as the Black and Javan rhinoceros have been identified, by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as being critically endangered. Both African and Sumatran rhinoceros have two horns, while the others have a single horn.