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Brazilian Tapir

Brazilian Tapir
Brazilian Tapir at South Lakes Wild Animal Park,
Dalton-in-Furness, UK © theanimalfiles.com

Brazilian Tapir
Photographer: Whaldener Endo

Brazilian Tapir Range Map (South America)
Brazilian Tapir Range Map (South America)
Latin Name Tapirus terrestris
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location N & C South America
Colour Dark Brown
Length 1.7 - 2 m (5.5 - 6.5 ft)
Tail 5 - 10 cms (2 - 4 inches)
Weight 225 - 250 Kgs (500 - 550 lbs)
Life Expectancy 30 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Brazilian Tapirs have a body length between 1.7 and 2 m (5.5 - 6.5 ft), a tail length between 5 and 10 cms (2 - 4 inches) and they weigh between 225 and 250 kgs (500 - 550 lbs).

Their short, sparse hair is dark brown in colour and they have a low, erect mane that runs from the top of their head down the back of their neck. Their ears are large and are coloured white on the rims, they have small eyes and a large proboscis.

They are good swimmers and when frightened they will plunge into the water.


Brazilian Tapirs are found in the forested areas of northern and central South America. They are active at night and spend their days resting among thick vegetation.


Brazilian Tapirs feed on a variety of leaves, twigs, grasses, shoots, seeds and fruit.


After a gestation period of 390 - 400 days, Brazilian Tapirs give birth to a single young. After several weeks the youngster will begin to eat solid food and at 18 months old they are fully grown.

They reach sexual maturity at 3 years of age.


Humans, mountain lions and jaguars are the main predators of Brazilian Tapirs.


There are no subspecies of the Brazilian Tapir.

Interesting Facts

Brazilian Tapirs are also known as:
Lowland Tapir
South American Tapir

Similar Animals

Malayan Tapir
Mountain Tapir
Baird's Tapir


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