Brazilian Tapir

Our Brazilian Tapir, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Brazilian Tapir (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Brazilian Tapir Facts
Brazilian Tapir
Tapirus terrestris

Life Span
30 years
6-8 feet
Average Weight
500-700 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our Brazilian Tapir, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Brazilian tapirs, also known as lowland tapirs, are a large hoofed species from South America. Despite their pig-like appearance, this primitive animal is more closely related to horses and rhinos.
  • Tapirs live in wet humid areas and spend much of their time in the water, particularly at night. They feed on aquatic plants and swim to cool off, remove parasites, and hide from predators such as jaguars.
    Tapirs have a gestation period of 13 months and have one baby at a time. This long pregnancy period makes it difficult for the species to repopulate in areas where they have been hunted. Baby tapirs, or calves, are born with spotted and striped coats which provide camouflage.
  • Tapirs have four toes on each front foot, and three toes on each back foot. Each toe has its own hoof, so in total a tapir has 14 hooves.

Did You Know?

A tapir’s most notable feature is its long fleshy nose. It uses its flexible nose when reaching to grasp branches and leaves. They may also poke their nose out of water like a snorkel to breathe while submerged.