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Tapir (Tapiridae)

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Tapir (Tapiridae)


Tapirs are large browsing mammals, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile snout. They have stout bodies with short, stocky legs and are known for their distinctive rounded ears with white tips. Their skin is thick and tough, providing protection from predators and environmental elements.


Tapirs are found in the jungles of South and Central America and Southeast Asia. They are divided into four species, each occupying different habitats in these regions.


They prefer dense forests and are often found near water sources. Tapirs are excellent swimmers and can even dive to feed on aquatic plants.


Tapirs are mostly nocturnal and solitary animals. They use well-trodden paths to move through the jungle and are known to follow the same routes to water sources or feeding areas.


They are herbivores, feeding on a variety of plants, leaves, fruits, and branches. Their diet changes depending on the availability of food in their habitat.


Female tapirs have a gestation period of about 13 months and usually give birth to a single calf, which has distinctive striped and spotted coats for camouflage.


Tapirs face numerous threats, including habitat loss due to deforestation, hunting for meat and hide, and competition with livestock. Conservation efforts are crucial for their survival.

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