South American tapir

Tapirus terrestris

The South American tapir , Brazilian tapir , lowland tapir or ''anta'', is one of four species in the tapir family, along with the mountain, the Malayan, and the Baird's tapirs. It is the second-largest land mammal in South America, after the Baird's tapir.
South American tapir, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Sunbathing near a pond in this zoo. This is a large, nocturnal vegetarian. The female carries for a whopping 335-439 days to deliver a single young. It's a good swimmer and prefers water rich habitats, both to feed and to escape danger. Europe,Netherlands,South American tapir,Tapirus terrestris,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo

Appearance

It is dark brown in colour, paler in the face, and has a low, erect crest running from the crown down the back of the neck. The round, dark ears have distinctive white edges. The South American tapir can attain a body length of 1.8 to 2.5 m with a 5 to 10 cm short stubby tail and an average weight around 225 kg . Adult weight has been reportedly ranged from 150 to 320 kg . It stands somewhere between 77 to 108 cm at the shoulder.
South American Tapir ( Tapirus indicus ) This is taken in Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Mysore Geotagged,India,South American tapir,Tapirus terrestris

Status

Dwindling numbers are due to poaching for meat and hide, as well as habitat destruction.
The South American tapir is generally recognized as an endangered animal species, with the species being designated as endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service on June 2, 1970. It has a significantly lower risk of extinction, though, than the other three tapir species.
South American Tapir in a Protected Private Reserve in Brazil I am proud to be the person who added the first image of the South American Tapir actually taken in South America! I am surprised too. Yes, the radio tracking collar detracts a bit from the "wildness" of the image - but this was a wild tapir that was not fed or restrained in any way, other than the limits of the private reserve where it lived. At the REGUA reserve in south eastern Brazil, mostly set up for Atlantic Forest birds, they introduced tapirs several years ago and still follow the movements of 2 of them (like this one). The reserve was also colonized by Capybara and Caiman, both of which somehow found their way in on their own. I have traveled in the Amazon and Pantanal but never seen a wild tapir until this trip. 
Tapirs have a special place in my heart ever since I was 8-years old and the school teacher in Science asked us all to name an animal that only eats plants and after "horse, cow, sheep" I said tapir and the teacher had never heard of it (not really sure how I knew what it was, but I must have seen a picture in one of my animal books)! 
So when we checked into the lodge at REGUA and they told us to be careful of wild tapirs coming into the garden occasionally in the evening, I was thrilled (we were instructed not to feed them and make no attempt to approach them). Sure enough, this one showed up and I had the joy of finally seeing a wild tapir. Apparently they started coming in to steal the fruit on the birding table. After the lodge moved the fruit into the trees, they still would visit - which is great for the guests, especially if they have always wanted to see a tapir. I would still love to see the amazing black-and-white Malaysian tapir someday . . . Atlantic forest,Brazil,Geotagged,REGUA,South American tapir,Spring,Tapirus terrestris

Behavior

Lowland tapirs are excellent swimmers and divers, but also move quickly on land, even over rugged, mountainous terrain. They have a life span of approximately 25 to 30 years. In the wild, their main predators are crocodilians and large cats such as the jaguar and cougar, which often attack tapirs at night when they leave the water and sleep on the riverbank. Brazilian tapirs are also attacked by green anacondas. They are known to run to water when scared to take cover.
South American tapir                                 Geotagged,South American tapir,Tapirus terrestris,The Netherlands

Food

It is an herbivore. Using its mobile snout, this tapir feeds on leaves, buds, shoots, and small branches it tears from trees, fruit, grasses, and aquatic plants.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderPerissodactyla
FamilyTapiridae
GenusTapirus
SpeciesT. terrestris