Post by Mary Fields
This weekend, April 25th and 26th, the Houston Zoo will be holding a Tapir Spotlight on Species from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Throughout the day we will have fun activities for everyone to play, a photo-op with our “camera trap”, and a chance for you to help enrich our very own tapir, Noah!
While we celebrate tapirs, we will also be celebrating Día del Niño, or Children’s Day. There are four species of tapir, including three Latin American species, Baird’s, Lowland, and Mountain. The Malayan tapir is the fourth species and only species that is located in Asia.
The Houston Zoo is home to Noah, a Baird’s tapir. You will often see Noah sleeping during the day as tapirs are known to be “crepuscular”. Crepuscular means that their activity levels are highest during dusk and dawn or when the temperatures are cooler. Noah also has a large pool for him to take a dip in and is often seen submerged in the deep end on hot summer days.
The Houston Zoo is partnered with the Tapir Specialist Group to support field research of these incredible animals. Come by our tapir yard to learn all about tapirs and how the Houston Zoo helps them in the wild.