Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Tapiridae
  Scientific Name : Tapirus

                      Size : 100 - 150cm (39 - 59in)
                 Weight : 150 - 300kg
                                 (330 - 700lbs)
           Top Speed : 48km/h (30mph)
            Life Span : 20 - 25 years

                Colour : White, Black, 
                                 Brown, Grey
           Skin Type : Hair
Special Features : Long, flexible snout and
                               hump on the shoulders
  1. Tapirs look strange, appearing to be a combination of pigs, rhinos, horses and elephants!
  2. They are ancient mammals who have hardly changed for millions of years.
  3. They have a short and stocky body which is tapering and tear shaped.
  4. Tapirs have 4 feet with 4 toes on each front feet and 3 toes on each back feet.
  5. Tapirs are found in the forests of South-East Asia, and also in the Andes.
  6. There are different types of Tapirs such as the Brazilian Tapir, Baird’s, Malayan etc.
  7. Tapirs are herbivores, mainly eating vegetation such as leaves, fruits, shoots, twigs and berries.
  8. Tapirs use their short, flexible trunk to grab leaves from trees and bushes.
  9. They are excellent swimmers and use their trunk as a snorkel to breathe underwater.
  10. Tapirs are shy animals and usually keep to themselves except during mating season.
  11. Gestation period of Tapirs is more than a year.
  12. They give birth to only one baby at a time.
  13. Tapirs are endangered due to loss of habitats due to encroachments and also hunting.
  14. Their predators are crocodiles and big cats but they can defend itself very well.
  15. Tapirs aid in afforestation thanks to the seeds in their faeces.
  16. They don’t attack humans – unless threatened – since they usually avoid contact and hide.

 

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