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Baird’s Tapir

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.

Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Tapirus bairdii


Southern Mexico, through Central America to the western side of the Andes in Colombia

Location in the Zoo

Near the entrance to African Forest, next to anteater and capybara.

Cool Animal Fact

Closest relatives are the horse and rhinoceros families.

How we Help Save Them

  • Found a total of 53 tapirs, including 28 new individuals that had never been seen before
  • Launched environmental education curriculum called TAPIR TRACKS for use in schools
  • Interviewed 50 members of the local community to gauge how they feel towards tapirs and view interactions with them

How You Can Help

Donate now to help tapirs in the wild:

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