'This is What Extinction Looks Like': Activist Meets Last Sumatran Rhino in Malaysia (File)

Bella Lack, a 16-year-old conservation activist and youth ambassador for The Born Free Foundation, shared her encounter with the last Sumatran rhino in Malaysia on Friday, June 28, alongside a stark message – “this is what extinction looks like.”

Note: This story was originally published in June, 2019. Reports on November 24 said Iman has died.

Tam, the last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia, died in May, according to the Borneo Rhino Alliance, leaving the female Iman as the last of her species in Malaysia.

“Iman is the last flickering flame of 20 million years of the evolution of her species – soon to be extinguished by us,” tweeted Lack.

Lack called for people to support the conservation efforts of the Borneo Rhino Alliance. A small number of Sumatran rhinos still survive in Indonesia, according to National Geographic. Credit: Bella Lack via Storyful