Lowland Tapir at Jimmy’s Farm
Lowland tapir is a South American mammal that can be found in montane and lowland rain forest. There are four different species of tapir including the endangered Mountain tapir, Bairds tapir and Malayan tapir.
Tapir’s closest relatives are horses and rhinoceros. They are all known as odd toes ungulates as they have an uneven number of toes.
Tapir are semi – aquatic mammals and spend a large amount of their time in the water. They will eat aquatic plants, bathe, mate and go to the toilet in water!
It is thought that by going to the toilet in the water they can hide their scent from potential predators that may be trying to track them.
Tapir will also use the water to get away from predators, such as jaguars, who don’t like the water.
They have a prehensile nose which they use as a snorkel when in the water and to pull down branches to get to the leaves. They are nocturnal preferring to hide and rest throughout the day.
Tapir are predominantly solitary in the wild coming together to mate. Females are pregnant for 13 months and give birth to one stripy brown and cream coloured youngster. This colouration allows the youngster to remain camouflaged from potential predators. The youngster will stay with the female for around 1 to 2 years.
About our Tapir
Our pair of tapirs are called ͞Teddy and ͞Tip Tap. Teddy came from Paradise Wildlife Park in 2017 and Tip Tap joined him from Marwell Wildlife in 2018.
Teddy loves nothing more than a good belly and chin scratch from his keepers and can be encouraged to sit and lay down by rubbing these areas!
Tip Tap, who also loves a good scratch, greets her keepers and Teddy most mornings with excited squeaks and whistles!
The tapirs are our first EEP species and we are delighted to be able to share these charismatic animals with our guests.
|Life span||35-40 years|
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela
Herbivorous – leaves and branches from trees, grasses, fruits; including palm fruits in the wild
A group of Tapirs is called a ‘candle’
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