The tapir ranges through Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand south to Malaysia and Sumatra.
Tropical lowland swamp, montane and hill forests, prefers dense, primary forests.
- Malayan tapirs are six to eight feet (1.8-2.4 m) long.
- They weigh 550-704 pounds (250-320 kg); females are larger than males.
- They stand three to three and a half feet (90-107 cm) tall.
- They have a distinctive color pattern – the front and back parts are black and the midsection is white or gray.
- Their nose and upper lip are extended to form a short prehensile snout.
- They have a large barrel-shaped body.
What Does It Eat?
In the wild: As a vegetarian, non-ruminant the tapir east tender leaves and shoots, aquatic plants,buds, soft twigs and fruits of low-growing shrubs.
At the zoo: Grain, alfalfa, apples, bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes, monkey chow.
What Eats It?
Tigers and humans prey on the Malayan tapir.
Malayan tapirs are solitary animals except for mating pairs and females with young. When they encounter one another in the wild they act aggressively.
Tapirs are sexually mature by three years of age, and breeding usually occurs in May and June. After a gestation of 13 months, females seek a secure lair and give birth to a single calf weighing about 15 pounds (6.8 kg). Newborn tapirs are reddish-brown with white spots and stripes for camouflage. Adult coloration develops between four and seven months. Weaning occurs at six to eight months when the babies are nearly full grown, but they stay near their mom until they are about a year old. Females can give birth every two years. Malayan tapirs live up to 30 years.