The skin of the Baird's Tapir commands a very high price. Leather hunting and deforestation has caused their numbers to drop by less than half.
Body length: 195-250cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Baird's Tapir lives in forests along watersides in the southern part of Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador.
The Baird's Tapir eats leaves, bark, branches, fruits, and vegetation in the water.
Baby Tapirs spend a long time in their mother's stomach, and are born only one offspring at a time. Their slow birth rate makes it difficult for their numbers to recover once it declines.
Hunted for their skin and meat!
The Baird's Tapir is the largest Tapir on the American continent. Their skin commands extremely high prices as leather. And because of their allegedly tasty meat, many of them have fallen prey to people. Water is the safest place when under pursuit of hunters and dogs. The Baird's Tapir is a good swimmer and can stay in the water for a long time.
Deprived of their homes due to deforestation, their population has dropped to less than half...
The Baird's Tapir is losing its home as people cut down the trees in the forests where it lives. Deforestation changes the shape of ponds and swamps, rendering water bodies that were once safe unsafe. On top of that, the increase in grasslands near their habitat has infected some Baird's Tapir with a contagious diseases carried by domesticated horses. The number of Baird's Tapir is said to have diminished to less than half over the last 30 years.
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