- Genus: Tapirus
- Size: 1.7 – 2.0 m
- Diurnal, Nocturnal
Amazon Tapir are large, pony-sized, hoofed animals and are the largest terrestrial mammal in South America.
There are three species of tapir in the New World with one species in Asia. Amazon Tapirs have a blackish brown colouration, an elongated downward curving lower lip, and very thick skin.
They are solitary animals but non-territorial. Despite a bulky body, they can successfully negotiate tricky terrain, including close-to-vertical slippery hills. The tapir diet consists of grass and fruits found in the forests of South America, the tapir’s natural habitat
Tapir Calls and Defense
Amazon Tapir communicate with a whistling sound, which is often mimicked by hunters who attract and shoot them for meat. When surprised, they stamp their feet and rapidly run into water if necessary, flattening everything in their path.
Best Places to See Wild Tapir
Heath River Wildlife Center
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Another remote Amazon tour, this is the only lodge on the Heath River, which runs through the middle of the Tambopata / Madidi protected areas. At the Heath River Lodge, you can view a nearby macaw clay lick & stand a chance of seeing Amazon tapir at the tapir hide.Clay Lick, Tapir Hide
Manu Wildlife Center
Puerto Maldonado, PeruManu National Park is considered the most pristine National Park in Peru. Manu Wildlife Center is favored for visiting Manu’s macaw, parrot, & mammal clay licks as well as touring the incredible Manu lakes searching for Giant River Otters. On Manu Wildlife Center tours, you will stand a 10% chance of seeing rare jaguar making this a good choice to observe the icons of the Amazon wilderness.Macaw Clay Lick, Tapir Lick
More Rainforest Animals
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1. The Tahuayo Lodge and Primate Research Center
2. Manu Wildlife Center
3. Manu Nature Tours
4. Tourism in the Amazon Rainforest