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Tapirs, Tapir Pictures, Facts, and Information

Original, free pictures of all four living species of tapirs.

Animal: Tapir

Species: There are 4 species of tapir: the Central American (Baird's), Brazilian (Lowland), Wooly (Mountain), and Malayan tapir. We have pictures of each of these four species of tapirs.

Lifespan: The tapir lives to be about 30 years old.

Size & Weight:  The largest species of tapir is the Malayan tapir. It can reach sizes of up to 8 ft long and 700 lbs! The smallest species of tapir is the Mountain tapir, which weighs about 500 lbs and is 5 ft in length.

Habitat:  Tapirs can be found within the swamps, rainforest and forests of Asia, South America, Mexico, and Central America. Each species resides int heir own region.

Diet:  Tapirs dine on leaves, branches, grasses, roots, and fruit.

Family Life: Tapirs are solitary creatures and it is rare to see more than two or three tapirs together. They meet up to mate and then go their seperate ways, thoguht he mother nurtures her young until they are strong enough to go off on their own.

*Fun Facts*

  • Tapirs communicate using shrill whistles!
  • All four tapir species are endangered and threatened.
  • The proboscis or "snout" of the tapir is highly flexible and able to move in all directions. This allows it to grab foliage that would otherwise be out of reach.
  • Baby tapirs all have spots and stripes to help camoflauge them from predators.
  • The tapir's closest relatives are the horse and rhinocerous.