Saturday, January 17, 2009

South American Tapir

Scientific Classification

Class : Mammalia
Order: Perrissodaotyia
Sub Order: Ceratomorpha
Family: Tapiridae

Tapirus terrestris

Tapirs belong to the odd toed hooped animals or perissodactyla and are related to the Hippopotamus and Rhinoceros.

Today Tapirs are found in certain parts of Asia Chiefly Malayasia, Thailand and Sumatra and are known as Malayan Tapirs. Another 03 species-the South American Tapirs, one of which you see here comes from Brazil, Amazonia and Centrat America.

They feed mainly on leaves fresh sprouts and small branches. Though mainly found on land, Tapirs also spend a lot of time in water to cool off.

They become very active during dawn and dusk.

The gestation period of a Tapir is 8-10 months and gives birth to one cub at a time. Life span extends up to 30 years.