Lonely Planet Writer

Sumatran rhinoceros now extinct in Malaysia

Scientists have asserted that the Sumatran rhinoceros is extinct in Malaysia after failing to spot the critically endangered animal in the wild since 2007.

A Sumatran rhino and calf.
A Sumatran rhino and calf. Image by International Rhino Foundation / CC BY 2.0

Having once ranged across much of Southeast Asia, wild Sumatran rhino numbers have shrunk to about 100, with nine others safeguarded in captivity. The Sumatran rhino was Malaysia’s last surviving rhino species. Its cousin, the Javan rhino, became extinct in Malaya after the last of its kind in the region was shot in 1932. Read more: thestar.com.my