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Malayan Tapir

Malayan Tapir
Photographer: Jim Winstead

Malayan Tapir

Malayan Tapir Range Map (S E Asia)
Malayan Tapir Range Map (S E Asia)
Latin Name Tapirus indicus
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location S E Asia
Colour Black & White
Length 1.8 - 2.5 m (6 - 8.25 ft)
Tail 5 - 10 cms (2 - 4 inches)
Weight 250 - 540 Kgs (550 - 1,190 lbs)
Life Expectancy Up to 30 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Malayan Tapirs are the largest species of tapir and the only one to be found in Asia. They have a body length between 1.8 and 2.5 m (6 - 8.25 ft), a tail length between 5 and 10 cms (2 - 4 inches) and they weigh between 250 and 540 kgs (550 - 1,190 lbs).

Their short, sparse hair is black in colour and they have a distinctive white "saddle" over their back and rump. This colouration helps them to stay hidden in their shady habitat. Their ears are large and are coloured white on the rims, they have small eyes and a large proboscis.


Malayan Tapirs are found in the rainforests of south east Asia. They are active at night and spend their days resting among thick vegetation.


Malayan Tapirs feed on grasses, leaves, shoots, twigs, and fruit.


Malayan Tapirs breed during April and May and after a gestation period of 390 - 400 days, 1 young is born. They reach sexual maturity at approximately 3 years of age and females produce offspring every other year.


Humans and tigers are the main predators of Malayan Tapirs.


There are no subspecies of the Malayan Tapir.

Interesting Facts

Malayan Tapirs are also known as:
Asian Tapir

Similar Animals

Baird's Tapir
Mountain Tapir
Brazilian Tapir


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