Baird’s Tapir Tapirus bairdii

These large, stocky herbivores may look unathletic but don’t let appearances fool you! Baird’s tapirs excel at wading, swimming, diving and running.

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ORIGIN:
Central America

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HABITAT:
Rainforests, marshes and mangroves

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
330-660 lbs
Height: 6-8 ft

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DIET:
Grasses, fruits, flowers and twigs

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PREDATORS:
Jaguars and mountain lions

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Camouflage

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REPRODUCTION:
10-month gestation

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THREATS:
Habitat loss and human hunting

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 30 yrs in human care

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Melbourne, FL 32940

phone: 321.254.9453

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