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- 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.
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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.