ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Brazilian Tapir Facts

Updated on March 28, 2012

The tapir or Brazilian tapir (scientific name: Tapirus terrestris ) is the largest land mammal in Brazil, reaching 1.20 m in height. Lives in forests and fields of South America, from eastern Colombia to northern Argentina and Paraguay. It is an ungulate (hoofed mammal with a structure made of keratin) that has an odd number of fingers.

The most distinctive feature of the tapirs is their nostrils, long and flexible, which looks like a small trunk. It has a rugged body, tail and small eyes, mane on the neck and a grayish brown color.

It feeds on vegetable matter (leaves, fruits, aquatic vegetation, buds, twigs, grass, stalks) which is digested by the presence of microorganisms that live in your digestive tract. It disperses seeds with the stool, helping in seed dispersal.

The tapir is a solitary animal, which goes in search of a partner only in the reproductive season, emitting some sounds to locate it.

If frightened, the tapir takes refuge in areas of denser forest, or jumps in the water. It is agile in both open and closed areas, and a great swimmer.

The tapir is a nocturnal creature, but can also carry out activities during the day. When living in forests, usually use trails already open, making it more vulnerable to hunting. Can weigh about 300 kg and live 35 years.

Gestation lasts about 13 months being born, just a calve. It has brown fur, with spots and horizontal stripes, white or yellow, that are lost after 5 months. The calf stays with mother for 10 to 11 months of life and reaches sexual maturity after 3 years.

Although not considered endangered animal, the tapir, like many other animals, loses habitat areas, with the devastation of forests and woodlands. Hunting for food and sport, which occurs in some regions, is also a threat.

Scientific Classification

Scientific name: Tapirus Terrestris

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Perissodactyla

Superfamily: Tapiroidea

Family: Tapiridae

Genus: Tapirus

Species: T. Terrestris

Binomial Name

Tapirus Terrestris


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)