Brazilian Tapir

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Scientific Name
Tapirus terrestris


30 years

6-8 feet

Average Weight
500-700 lbs

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Name of Young

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We Are:Threatened

Did you know?

  • Brazilian tapirs, also known as lowland tapirs, are a large hoofed species from South America. Despite their pig-like appearance, this primitive animal is more closely related to horses and rhinos.
  • Tapirs live in wet humid areas and spend much of their time in the water, particularly at night. They feed on aquatic plants and swim to cool off, remove parasites, and hide from predators such as jaguars.
  • A tapir’s most notable feature is its long fleshy nose. It uses its flexible nose when reaching to grasp branches and leaves. They may also poke their nose out of water like a snorkel to breathe while submerged.

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