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The South American tapir

The South American tapir is one of the four tapir species that circulate in the world. This species is completely brown, although young animals have striking white horizontal stripes. The South American tapir can grow remarkably large. It can grow up to 2 meters and weigh more than 250 kilos.

A tapir feeds mainly on grass, leaves, young twigs and twigs of shrubs and low trees, and marsh and water plants. In addition, a tapir likes all kinds of fruits. The swallowed seeds are pooped out again undigested.

(foto: Gustao Zea)