The Minnesota Zoo is excited to announce our NEW endangered Malayan tapir calf has been born! The yet-unnamed female was born at approximately 5:45 am on Saturday, January 6 after a 398-400 day gestation period; both the calf and mom “Bertie” are doing well. This is the Minnesota Zoo’s third tapir birth in 6 years.

Calf and mother are still behind the scenes.

Tapir Web Cam
Tune in and watch the new calf and mom behind the scenes of our Tropics Trail as she grows before making her public debut! (PRO Tip: Watching the tapir calf webcam on your mobile devices makes for easier screen grabbing.)

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Malayan Tapir Animal Facts

  • These 800 lb. mammals are nearly invisible in the wild. Tapirs are nocturnal, and in a moonlit rainforest the contrasting colors break up its body outline in the dense vegetation and shadows.
  • The tapir’s excellent sense of smell makes up for its poor eyesight. And although this creature is not closely related to an elephant, it uses its long snout a lot like a trunk.
  • In the wild, tapirs have been observed walking under water, consuming aquatic plants like a hippopotamus, and using their snout like a snorkel.
  • Malayan tapirs are easily identified by their markings. Except for the white tips on their ears, the hair on their front and rear is black, with a light colored “saddle” across their middle.

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