The tapir’s round body and short legs make it well-adapted to living in dense rainforests where it can easily squeeze through dense vegetation. It is a good swimmer and likes the water. One way of marking out its territory is to deposit excrement in the water, which distributes its markings far and wide.
The tapirs have a short proboscis and a keen sense of smell for finding food, seeking out members of the same species and detecting whether a predator is nearby. They like to be in the water where they are well protected from enemies such as pumas and jaguars.
Leaves, grass, fruit and twigs
Number of offspring per litter:
35 years in captivity