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Tapir lowland
Tapir lowland
The largest land animal in the Amazon.
Type: Chordates
Class: Mammals
Order: Ungulates
Family: Tapir plants
Genus: Tapirs
Species: Lowland tapir
General Settings
  • Its habitat is South America, tropical and subtropical forests east of the Andes.
  • Length – up to 220 cm.
  • Weight – 150-270 kg.
  • Tapirs feed on leaves, buds, and various fruits.
  • Life expectancy-up to 30 years.

A stocky, muscular body, a short mane, a small but very mobile proboscis ending in a snout – this is an amazing tapir.


Social behavior


Tapirs are solitary. Meeting with relatives leads to the manifestation of aggression, everyone tries to scare away and drive away the enemy.


Reproduction


Pregnancy lasts more than a year (up to 412 days). One cub weighing 4-7 kg is born. The newborn is covered with dark fur, with white stripes. A week after birth, the baby already accompanies the mother when she feeds.


Species and people


The rarity of these animals is explained by the fact that tapirs are hunted by poachers for the sake of meat and skin. And deforestation leads to the disappearance of natural habitats of tapirs.


Interesting Facts


The closest relatives of tapir are horses and rhinos.

With a massive body, the tapir has a very small tail, only 8 cm.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
    evaluated
    NE
  • Data
    deficient
    DD
  • Data
    deficient
    lc
  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
    vu
  • endangered
    en
  • critically
    endangered
    cr
  • extinct
    in the wild
    ew
  • Extinct
    ex