Tapir

Tapir

The tapir with its short snout and ability to swim well plays an essential role in the biodiversity of South America. It eats many seeds that it spreads around in its faeces. As these bulky animals move through the forest, they thin out the undergrowth and eliminate shrubs, creating space for other plants.

Tapirs’ thick, sparse and short coats protect their skin from branches and thorns.

The overexploitation of forests is reducing the size of its territory and it is hunted in Guiana where it is not a protected species. Its slow disappearance is having serious consequences on biodiversity. The tapir tends to be active at night and rests during the hottest periods of the day.

Did you know?

The tapir is an excellent swimmer. It can remain underwater for 2 to 3 minutes without breathing.

empreinte tapir
Classe 
mammalia
Famille 
tapiroidea
Ordre 
perissodactyla
Statut 
vulnerable