Today is International Tapir Day (along with International Hyena Day)
Tapirs are large herbivorous mammals found in Central and South America with one species found in Asia.
For much of their existence they lived across the Northern Hemisphere and became extinct in that region only about 10000 years ago.
Tapirs generally eat only in the mornings and evenings and will eat leaves, twigs and grasses.
They have a short trunk which is an extended nose and upper lip.
Weighing in at around 300-700lb (140-320kg) Tapirs can live up to 30 years old although they are slow breeders usually having only one baby per pregnancy which can last 13-14 months.
Tapirs are sadly becoming rare due to habitat loss and poaching.
Below are some interesting links:
By Brendon Crook