Lowland tapir

Tapirus terrestris

Hobby gardeners

Ingested seeds grow particularly well in the faeces of tapirs. On their prowls they spread and reproduce thus the plants of the rainforest.


  • Origin

    South America

  • Habitat

    tropical and subtropical lowlands east of the Andes, always near water

  • Diet

    Tapirs feed on leaves, fresh shoots, aquatic and marsh plants and fruits.

  • Status

    no exact stock data known

  • Size

    220 cm

  • Weight

    250 kg

  • Gestation period

    13 months

  • Achievable age

    up to 30 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

Well camoufl aged romper suit

In the first year the fur of the young is coloured reddish brown with bright spots and stripes.


Did you know that ...

... tapirs, are the largest mammals of South America,
... they look like pigs, but are related to rhino and horse
... and that they are excellent swimmers and can even dive?

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