Little Love Born Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Houston Zoo Welcomes Baby Baird’s Tapir
On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Houston Zoo welcomed the birth of a male Baird’s tapir. This is the first Baird’s tapir born at the Houston Zoo, and first baby for mother Moli and father Noah.

Baird’s tapirs are born with a colorful pattern of stripes and spots that will disappear as they grow older. The newborn tips the scales at 24.5 pounds, and when he’s full-grown zoo experts anticipate this bouncing baby boy could weigh more than 550 pounds! While he doesn’t have a name yet, the keepers who care for the tapir family will have the honor of naming the tiny tapir.

There are four species of tapir, three in South America and one in Malaysia. In South America where Baird’s tapirs are found, tapirs are the largest land mammal and live throughout the marsh and swamps from Mexico to Western Brazil and Ecuador.



1 of the 9 tapir babies being tracked in Brazil. He only has spots left on his feet.

The Baird’s tapirs at the Houston Zoo are ambassadors for their wild counterparts in South America. The Houston Zoo supports the protection of this endangered species in Central America as well as the Lowland tapir in Brazil through a partnership with the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group to support field research in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

Since the inception of this partnership, 57 tapirs have received tracking collars to help the group understand this elusive animals’ range. The tracking collars provide the best protection for adult and baby tapirs in the wild, including the 9 mothers and babies currently being tracked. Some of these babies that are being protected through the partnership in Brazil have already started losing their spots!

Search Blog & Website
[jetpack_subscription_form title="Subscribe to the Blog" subscribe_text="Enter your email address to subscribe and receive new blog posts by email."]
Houston Zoo Facebook Page

[Species Name]: Sir Mix-A-Lot Fish
[Scientific Description]: Itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face.
... See MoreSee Less


[Species Name]: Sir Mix-A-Lot Fish  
[Scientific Description]: Itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face.

Comment on Facebook

I think they took this photo from his bad side.

OK, Zoo. You brought the A-Game.

So cute!

Is this real?

Funny :D


Wow Hayley Spears

Allison Wagner

Katie Rowe Gerzon Gomez William Martinez the caption 💀💀💀

lol Cathy Leija

😂 Audrey Williams

Kari McKeehan

+ View previous comments

That moment when the kids kick the ball in the pool... ... See MoreSee Less


That moment when the kids kick the ball in the pool...

Comment on Facebook

Was just there. Second time back this week. Their so funny.

Love the Elephants at the Houston Zoo.


We're on our way!

Was this the kids from Bellville ISD ?

Is the new elephant enclosure open now?

so cute!

i love these beautiful elephants

Love those sweeties

Just big kids

True, zoo needs to sell pictures!!

Had lots fun their with the kis

I love the Houston Zoo!

Jessica Gomez

Kathryn Wilcox Scout Heintschel :3

Jessica Cheng

Megan Davis Sivek

Erika Irene

Grey Matejka

+ View previous comments

Animals In Action

Recent Videos

Oops, something went wrong.