It’s World Tapir Day!

Tapir / Tapiridae

Brazilian Tapir at Longleat    I am not in the best mood today

Baby Tapir    Awww...

A tapir (pronounced /ˈteɪpər/ “taper”, or /təˈpɪər/ “ta-pier”) is a large browsing mammal, roughly pig-like in shape, with a short, prehensile snout. Tapirs inhabit jungle and forest regions of South America, Central America, and Southeast Asia. There are four species of Tapirs: the Brazilian tapir, the Malayan tapir, Baird’s tapir and the Mountain tapir. All four species of tapir are classified as endangered or vulnerable. Their closest relatives are the other odd-toed ungulates, including horses and rhinoceroses.Tapir, Wikipedia

If you’re into tapirs, today is your day!

Photos from Glatze mit Kamera, skoop102, artour_a, sparky2000, and, MaestroBen. View more photos in our “tapir clusters” or photos tagged with “tapir“.

Posted by Heather Champ
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