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Mountain Tapir

Mountain Tapirs

Mountain Tapir Range Map (N W South America)
Mountain Tapir Range Map
(N W South America)

Latin Name Tapirus pinchaque
Conservation Status Endangered
Location N W South America
Colour Dark Brown
Length 1.8 m (6 ft)
Tail 5 - 10 cms (2 - 4 inches)
Weight Up to 200 Kgs (440 lbs)
Life Expectancy 30 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Mountain Tapirs are the smallest species of tapir. They have a body length of 1.8 m (6 ft), a tail length between 5 and 10 cms (2 - 4 inches) and they weigh up to 200 kgs (440 lbs).

Their wooly coat is dark brown in colour and they have pale coloured cheeks and throat. Their ears are large and are coloured white on the rims, they have small eyes and a large proboscis.


Mountain Tapirs are found in the forests and grasslands of the Andes at altitudes over 2,000 m (6,560 ft). They are active at night and spend their days resting among thick vegetation.


Mountain Tapirs feed on leaves, shrubs, seeds and grasses.


After a gestation period of 390 - 400 days, Mountain Tapirs give birth to a single young. They are weaned by the time they reach a year old.

They reach sexual maturity at 3 - 4 years of age and females produce offspring every other year.


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


There are no subspecies of the Mountain Tapir.

Interesting Facts

Mountain Tapirs are also known as:
Wooly Tapir

Similar Animals

Malayan Tapir
Baird's Tapir
Brazilian Tapir


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