This is my Malayan Tapir fact sheet


ANIMAL: Malayan Tapir Tapirus indicus
Type of Animal: Tapir
Habitat: Tropical forest, river basins, swamps, alpine scrub, grassy clearings, cultivated areas, rubber plantations, open fields, forest edge, marshes, rivers, valley bottoms
Location(s): Sumatra, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma
Appearance: Black head and legs with large white saddle, long black snout. No mane on neck.
Food/Diet: Grasses, aquatic plants, buds, soft twigs, green shoots, leaves, fruit, shrubs, berries, mosses, small branches.
Status in Wild: Endangered
Conservation: Breeding in zoos and wildlife parks
Lifestyle: Solitary
Additional Info:
Males: Females: Young: Group:
Called: Bull Cow Calf Solitary
Weight: 660-740 lbs 760-900 lbs 15-20 lbs Gestation:Life Span: 13 months
Height: 3-3.4 ft Same
Body Length: 6-10 ft Same 25-30 years
Tail Length: 1.92-3.96 in Same
Main predators are tigers, leopards, and crocodiles.
Tapirs fight with teeth, biting at each other.
Very elusive and hard to find in wild.
Tough skin for protection against predators. Will flee into water or, in the case of females with calves, attack with canine teeth.
Largest tapir species.
Each male territory has 3-4 female territories within.
Fun Fact(s): Tapirs are generally docile unless they are provoked or if a female has a calf. Males will run from humans if provoked, females have been known to fight back. Tapirs are most dangerous when a female is protecting a calf. Their canine teeth are quite capable of biting an arm off.
Though they might look like pigs, the closest relatives of the tapir are horses and rhinos.

9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ellen Lunz on January 29, 2010 at 12:49 am


    How did you first get interested in animals?

    -Ms. Ellen


  2. Posted by ellen lunz on January 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Daniel: I know you volunteered at the zoo for many years., so I know that you really like animals. How did you become interested in this animal blog? You have done an impressive job! Ms Ellen


    • I’ve been going to zoos for many years and i love animals! I did a paid internship at Lincoln Park Zoo in summer 2008 and I did a volunteer job at Brookfield Zoo last summer. I became interested in this blog because I thought talking about some of the animal stuff I write down on paper would be good to post up here. I think it’s a great social outlet for me. Thanks for the praise!


  3. Posted by ellen lunz on January 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Good Luck Daniel with this blog , and in the years to come! Love, Ms. Ellen


    • Posted by Sarah Silver on January 29, 2010 at 9:24 pm


      When you were just a baby, I used to come visit and take you to swing in the park. While I pushed you in the swing, we would try to list all the animals in the zoo. The very first word I ever heard you speak was “giraffe.”

      Everyone in the family was very excited when they heard you had said “giraffe.”

      – Sarah


      • I’ve seen pictures of you at the park while I’ve been on the swings. I don’t remember the zoo animals thing. It sounds amazing that one of the first words I ever said was giraffe.

    • Thanks for the encouragement!


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