5 Interesting Facts About Mountain Tapirs

Mountain Tapir

This is a mountain tapir showing off his woolly coat

Today I want to write about a very interesting animal, the mountain tapir.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These large mammals are one of the smaller species of tapirs, measuring about 1.8 metres long and weighing about 150 kg.  The females are normally slightly larger than the males.
  2. Mountain tapirs are also called woolly tapirs due to their long furry coat.  The babies have a striped coat that helps them stay camouflaged from predators.
  3. Like other tapirs, these guys use their funny looking nose to grabs leaves off trees, a bit like a small elephant trunk.  They are very important for their ecosystems as they disperse seeds through their dung as they travel around the forest.
  4. They look big and clumsy, but they are actually very good climbers on the steep slopes where they live and are also excellent swimmers.
  5. Mountain tapirs live in the cloud forests of the Andes Mountains in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador in South America.  They are the most endangered of all the tapirs, with only about 2,500 left in the wild.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about mountain tapirs?

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