Lowland Tapir

Tapirus terrestris

About Lowland Tapir

Tapir are ungulates which means they have hooves, however they are different in that they have an odd number of toes on each foot. This detail, together with their digestive system is in common with two other relatives, the horse and the rhino. These are odd-toed ungulates and the tapir is a typically solitary animal, the lowland tapir can be found across much of South Americas tropical rainforest but they live predominantly in Brazil. Their habitat is a mixture of tropical montane forests, swamps and lowland forest. Lowland tapirs like to live close to water and are very good swimmers.

Our Tapir

The tapir are part of the equatorial trail which has other animals found along the equator which share similar wetland adaptations. You can explore the equatorial trail either from a raised viewing platform, on the miniature train ‘equatorial express’ or by boat during the spring and summer seasons. The equatorial express train will take you through the equatorial trail giving great views of the capybara, tapir and sitatunga antelope. Tickets for the express train can be bought from the information centre. The boating lake takes you alongside the equatorial trail so you can have the opportunity of seeing the animals either on land or in the water.

Fact Finder

Tapir have an odd number of toes on each foot, as they are ungulates they can consider the rhino and the horse as family.

Tapir spend a good deal of their time in water.

They are strong, powerful and can move at a surprising pace. If startled their response is to run, regardless of what is in front of them. Usually heading for water to escape any danger.

Lowland tapirs are very good swimmers.

Tapir are herbivores, they feed on the vegetation that grows around their wetland habitat. The will graze on grass, strip foliage from trees and eat forest fruits and aquatic plants.

Lowland Tapir are from South American tropical rainforest but they live predominantly in Brazil. Their habitat is a mixture of tropical montane forests, swamps and lowland forest. Lowland tapirs like to live close to water and are very good swimmers.

The lowland tapir is a protected species, listed as vulnerable it is at risk of becoming endangered. Although protected in their native home, the laws around hunting these and other animals that share their home range are rarely enforced.

You can explore the equatorial trail either from a raised viewing platform, on the miniature train ‘equatorial express’ or by boat during the spring and summer seasons. The equatorial express train will take you through the equatorial trail giving great views of the capybara, tapir and sitatunga antelope. Tickets for the express train can be bought from the information centre. The boating lake takes you alongside the equatorial trail so you can have the opportunity of seeing the animals either on land or in the water.

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