THE last Sumatran rhino has died in Malaysia, making it extinct in the region.

Bernama, the Malaysian national news agency tweeted out earlier today that Iman, Malaysia's last Sumatran rhinoceros, died at 5.35 pm. The cause of death was shock, Iman was 25 years old.

Sumatran Rhinos are classified as critically endangered, meaning that they are on the verge of extinction in the wild. They are the smallest in size out of all the other rhino species. There are an estimated 80 wild rhinos left, according to the WWF, mostly roaming in Sumatra. 

Rhinos are poached for their horns which are believed to have medicinal properties and are sold on the black market across the world.