Brazilian Tapir

INTRODUCTION

Tapirs spend as much time in the water as on land and they are excellent swimmers. The unique long nose is used as a snorkel and to gather food.

They have excellent hearing and sense of smell, but poor eyesight. Our two tapirs are a mother and son pair named Muffin and Zico. They love nothing more than having a swim in their river followed by a tummy tickle from their keepers.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Tapirus terrestris

Status:

Vulnerable

Size:

1.7 to 2 m

Weight:

225 to 250 Kg

Life span in wild:

30 years

Habitat:

Tropical forests, rainforests

Diet:

Herbivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What do I eat?

Brose with Browse

Where do I live?

South America

Do I Have Any Predators?

Puma, jaguars

How Do I Live?

Solitary

Why Am I Endangered?

Habitat loss due to deforestation and competition with livestock. Poaching.

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