According to Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Dr. Hamim Samuri, the latest record of wildlife in Malaysia shows that Rhinoceros Sondaicus, or better known as Javan Rhino, is now extinct.
He announced the sad news while giving a speech at the Biodiversity Seminar 2017 yesterday. He stated that "By the most recent Malaysia wildlife list documents, Javan Rhino is extinct, while four other animals, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Malayan Tiger, Sunda Pangolin and Gaur (Indian Bison) are considered crucial species."
Dr. Hamim continued to state that the presence of Javan Rhinos in the wild was in a previous record from 2010. At that moment, the Department of Forestry had recorded three species of Javan Rhino, but the species failed to be monitored and recorded, this season. Even through monitoring conducted by different procedures, including camera installation.
The three reason for the extinction of the Javan Rhinos roaming area trade, and road injuries and are shrinking habitat. 12 species have been evaluated as endangered, 14 species and 33 species near threatened.
Also, he said, "Our wildlife is facing various threats on account of the decrease in habitats and areas due to deforestation. In addition to habitat loss, wildlife populations also have declined mainly for dinosaurs and dinosaurs after wildlife hunting and illegal commercial activities which are currently high on the black market."
"The numbers of Sumatran Rhinoceros, Pangolin, and Gaur (Bison) are decreasing as compared to the actually past amounts. Those two were old, and for example, the were only two Sumatran Rhinos which were alive and could not breed anymore. As for the Malayan Tiger, there were only 250 tigers when in reality we ought to have a million more." He included.
On this note, besides needing sympathy over these creatures, we need to see the picture. We're often blind. Complicated and connected to each other, we are only beginning to understand the food chain, by the tiniest microorganisms to the biggest creatures in the world, keep us humans living too.