Tapir

Animal’s Behavior
Tapirs (Tapirus terrestris) ingest seeds at one location, and deposit them as waste in another place, often far away from where they were eaten. In this way tapirs can have a huge effect on an eco-system.

Eating Habits
Tapirs eat fruit, leaves and other plant material.

Range
Lowland regions of northern and central South America, usually close to water.

Conservation Efforts
Tapirs have a long gestation of 14 months, which increases vulnerability to habitat destruction, illegal hunting and disease. Populations are declining and the species is listed as Vulnerable.

Animal Facts
A tapir’s “nose” is a prominent proboscis made mainly of soft tissue, unlike many ungulates which have snouts made of more bone and cartilage.