Malay Tapir – Yangon Zoo

Malay Tapir

length 6 ft - 8 ft
Weight 500 lb – 660 lb
Sexual Maturity 3 year old
Gestation Period 13 months
Birth Rate 1 baby at a time
Life Span 30 years
Malay Tapir (Tapirus indicus)

Characteristics - Asian Tapirs is the largest of the four species of tapir. It has round body and has a short snout like an elephant’s trunk. It has a black body with a white pelage from the shoulder to the rear end. Zoological experts believe that nature has created that it has such a semi -black and semi -white body not to be easily visible by enemies at night. New born tapirs have brown hair with white stripes and spots and this baby coat fades into adult coloration between four and seven months after birth. They are Perissodactyl mammals (odd-hoofed) and they have four toes on each front foot and three on each hind foot.

Range - Asian Tapirs (Trpirus Indcius) are found in Southeast Asia, Myanmar, Malaysia, The Malay Peninsula, and South Western Part of Thailand. In Myanmar, they are found in the south part of Tanintharyi Region.

Habit - Asian Tapirs usually forage for food at night and rest/hide in the forest during day time. They use their long snouts to forage along the ground in search of food. They use their snouts (prehensile mini-trunk) as fingers to grab grasses or leaves and put them directly into their mouths.

Diet - They eat grass, leaves, water plants, smaller twigs of trees and bushes.

Conservation status rank - Asian Tapirs are becoming rare and facing with the danger of extinction due to depletion of forest, poaching and habitat destruction.

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