Tapir, Baird’s

Tapirs are the largest land mammal in South America. Females are larger than males and can weigh up to 700 pounds. They inhabit rivers and wetlands and eat grass, plants, and fruit.

  • Scientific Name: Tapirus bairdii
  • Range: Southern Mexico, through Central America to the western side of the Andes in Colombia
  • Status in the Wild: Endangered
  • Location in the Zoo: East Hoofed Run
  • Cool Animal Fact: Closest relatives are the horse and rhinoceros families.