Fun fact: Malayan tapirs have not one, but TWO food-related nicknames. The adults are often called “Oreo tapirs” because of that nifty black-and-white paint job, while the youngsters are knowns as “watermelons,” thanks to their rounded shape and dappled markings. But while they are still hunted for food in some areas, habitat loss is the main reason they’re endangered.
With your symbolic adoption of a plush tapir, you’re helping us to continue providing world-class care for Rinny and Benny, here at Denver Zoo. And, by supporting our mission of Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations, you’re helping to ensure that those adorable little watermelons grow into majestic Oreos for centuries to come.