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.
Tapirs eat fruit, leaves and other plant material.
Lowland regions of northern and central South America, usually close to water.
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.
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.