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Like all tapirs, their body is rather pointed at the front and round at the back which enables the animal to move quickly through the dense forest. In case of danger they bushwhack blindly. Tapirs are good runners and swimmers despite weighing up to 350 kg. The young have a brown and white fur with stripes for the first half a year.
European Endangered species Program
This animal is managed by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) under the European Endangered species Program.
|Classification||Order odd-toed ungulates, family tapirs; are related to horses and rhinos|
|Diet||Leaves, shoots, grass, wild fruit, swamp plants and water plants|
|Habitat||Tropical forests close to waters and clearings|
|Reproduction||Gestation time: around 400 days, one young; stays with the mother for about 11 months; maximum age: 36 years|