The Brazilian Tapir, also known as the South American Tapir or Anta, is one of three species of Tapir native to South America. It is found near water in the Amazon rainforest and river basin. This animal, which resembles a pig with a long nose, is an excellent swimmer and diver. It is the second largest mammal in South America, after its cousin the Baird’s Tapir.
Brazilian Tapirs can attain a length of 1.7 – 2 m. (5.5 – 6.5 ft) and a weight of 225 – 250 kg (500 – 550 lb.). They live for 25 – 30 years in the wild.
It is actually related to the horse and rhinoceros, not the pig. Its prehensile proboscis (nose) is used to assist it in feeding by grasping plants. It is a herbivore.
Brazilian Tapir @ Safari Niagara
- There is one Brazilian Tapir at Safari Niagara. His name is Stanley. You will meet him in his enclosure just after seeing the flamingos.
Did you know?
- The main predators of tapirs are crocodilians and large cats, notably the jaguar and cougar.
- Loss of habitat is the greatest threat to tapirs today. They also suffer from poaching.