Tapir (Tapirus terrestris)

Tapirs live in the Andes region of South America as well as the lowland rain forest of around 575 feet. They are only found in heavily wooded areas of South America and live close to rivers and streams as they are good swimmers and enjoy using water and mud to cool off. Tapirs have also been known to escape predator attacks by entering the water to scare their predators away. They live in more wooded areas because they are capable of moving through the trees with a lot of ease, this provides another safety benefit for the tapir.

The tapir is designed with padded feet so that it can move through the heavily wooded areas without making a sound and with grace. Tapirs are also very good swimmers which means that they can feed on aquatic plants, they have powerful legs and can even swim across rivers as big as the amazon! Tapirs can also stay submerged under water without breathing and can walk along the bottom of rivers like a hippo for short periods of time. This helps them avoid predators and means that they can inhabit more areas in the rain forest. They are also very good climbers which helps them to travel up to higher areas in the mountains.

Tapirs are monogamous creatures and will mate 15 months after having a calf. A baby will take 385 to 412 days to be born. Only one calf is born at a time and will stay along side their mother to learn the necessary skills needed for survival.

Tapirs are herbivores meaning that they only eat plants. Tapirs love fruits such as mangoes, watermelon and papaya. They will also eat shrubbery and vegetation found at the bottom of lakes. The tapir has a large group of predators including the big cats and Andean wolves. One of the largest predators however is man. Humans have been known to take tapirs as pets until they reach maturity and become aggressive. They are also hunted for meat. By adopting a tapir you can help those who have been subject to animal trafficking. Your donation will help rehabilitate and care for tapirs in South America.

Body Length 0.61 - 2.13 metres
Tail Length N/A
Wingspan N/A
Life Span 20.00 - 30.00 years
Weight 176.90 - 308.44 kilograms