|Body:||1.85 – 2.40 m (long) 0.9 – 1.1 m (tall)|
|Tail:||5 – 10 cm|
|Weight:||250 – 320 kg|
The Tapir is a large and stocky animal with a large proboscis (snout). Tapirs are black in the front part of the body and at the rear end with a white part in the middle. Tapirs look somewhat like pigs, but are of a completely different genetic order, being closer related to horses than to pigs. They communicate using highpitched squeaks and whistles and live up to 30 years of age. These the IUCN Red list as ‘endangered’ and are included in Appendix I of CITES.
Did you know...?
… that tapirs not only like to swim but also let themselves sink and then walk around at the bottom of a river using their snout as a snorkel?