30-year-old Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) Tam fell ill at the end of April 2019, lost his appetite and energy and
The exact cause of Tam's death will be known after the autopsy. While biologists believe that he died due to kidney failure - this often occurs in rhinos in old age.
Now scientists still have Tam's spermthey are trying to artificially introduce into another surviving female of this species - Iman. However, over the past four years, this experiment has failed. Perhaps biologists will freeze his sperm in order to restore this type of rhinoceros in the future, when the technology will allow you to choose the most survivable sperm.
Scientists note that perhaps in the jungle of Borneoand Sumatra are still walking wild Sumatran rhinos, a few years ago their population numbered about 80 individuals. However, due to the high level of poaching in the region, environmentalists fear that they have long been destroyed by hunters.