Lowland Tapir

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Project Description

Lowland Tapir at Jimmy’s Farm

Tapirus Terrestris

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 at Jimmy's Farm and Wildlife Park, Ipswich Suffolk

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.

Fact check

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

South America
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Vulnerable
Did you know

A group of Tapirs is called a ‘candle’

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