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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Perissodactyla
Family:Tapiridae
Genus:Tapirus
Genus species:Tapirus terrestris

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:180-250 cm
Height:75-120 cm
Weight:225-300 kg
Identification:The tapir has a short, fleshy trunk formed from the nose and upper lip. The body is short and stout.
Habitat:Forests
Diet:Herbivore: grasses, aquatic vegetation, leaves, buds, twigs, fruits, green shoots
Reproduction:Tapirs mate throughout the year. Females carry their single offspring for 390-400 days. Offspring become independent at 6-8 months of age. Tapirs can live up to 30 years old.
Tapirs are solitary.
Behavior:Even though tapirs are nocturnal, they have very poor vision. They use their proboscis for smelling and pulling food into their mouths' reach.
Status:Vulnerable to endangered (depending on species): hunted for leather, habitat destruction
Interesting Facts:Tapirs are related to horses and rhinoceroses. They are excellent swimmers and rock climbers. Their most common predators are jaguars, leopards, and tigers.

Other Information

Geographic:South America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:odd-toed ungulate
Brazilian tapir
Tapirs
Tapiridae
Perissodactyla
Ungulates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata