Tapirs are pig-like mammals that are distributed across South and Central Americas and Asia in 5 different species and many other subspecies. Interestingly, their closest relatives are the other odd-toed ungulates including horse, donkey, zebra and rhinoceros.

Scientific Name – Tapirus

Classification – Tapiridae

Gender Names – Male – bull; Female – cow; Baby – calf

Collective Noun – Candle

Length/Size – 100-150cm (39-59in)

Weight – 150-300kg (330-700lbs)

Top Speed – 48km/h (30mph)

Life Expectancy – 25-30 years both in the wild and in captivity

Mating Season – Widely varies between subspecies

Gestation Period – 13 months

Special Features – Long, flexible snout

Social Structure – Leads solitary life

Geographical Distribution – South America, Central America, and Southeastern Asia

Natural Habitat – Jungle and forest regions

Diet – Leaves, Grass, Buds, Twigs, Fruit

Predators – Human, Wild Cats, Crocodile