Brazilian Tapir


Brazilian Tapir

Scientific Name

Tapirus terrestris


Tapirs are the biggest land mammal in South America. Sizes vary between types; however, most tapirs grow to about 2m long and 1m high. One of the most distinguishable characteristics of the Brazilian tapir is its proboscis (snout), which is very flexible and capable of grasping food.

Most tapirs give birth to a single calf, although twins have been observed. Healthy, young tapirs can reproduce 1 calf every 2 years and the calves nurse as long as the mother is able to produce milk. The young are coloured quite differently from the adults; they are dark brown and have white spots and stripes.


Tapirs are herbivores and eat leaves, fruit and seeds.

Size Fact

Full grown tapirs can weigh up to 220kg!

Food Fact

Tapirs near a water source are known to swim, sink to the bottom and feed from the riverbed.

Fun Fact

Tapirs are excellent underwater swimmers; they use their snout as a snorkel!

IUCN Red list

Tapirs are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN red list.

Where do I live?

Brazilian tapirs are from Brazil in South America.

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