Learn about our Malayan Tapirs!
Scientific name: Tapirus indicus
Did You Know?
Tapirs love water and are excellent swimmers. They have even been observed using their snouts like snorkels!
Where They Live:
Tapirs can be found living in grassy areas near lakes and rivers in the dense rainforests of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
What They Eat:
Tapirs use their flexible snouts to grasp saplings, leaves, twigs, and aquatic plants.
Test Your Knowledge! (answers below)
- An average female adult tapir weighs…
a. 200 lbs. b. 500 lbs. c. 800 lbs. d. 1500 lbs.
- To which animals are tapirs most closely related?
a. horses b. pigs c. elephants d. anteaters
- How long does it take a tapir calf to lose its spots and stripes and assume its adult coat coloring?
a. two weeks b. 6-8 months c. one year d. two years
Design your own tapir calf coat pattern so it can hide in your backyard or neighborhood.