On Saturday 25th September Yorkshire Wildlife Park will be closed to the public due to hosting a special Thank You Event for all the staff at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals. 

Lowland Tapir

  • Status

    Vulnerable Species

  • Size

    1.8m long

  • Threat

    Deforestation

  • Distribution

    Tropical lowland forest

  • Diet

    Herbivore

Say hello to the fascinating Lowland Tapir!

You will quickly notice their unique nose and upper lip which combine into a flexible snout to help pick up fruits and grab leaves in lowland forest. 

Where in the park?

Embark on a journey through Atlantic Forest! 

Visit Atlantic Forest

SPECIES

The Tapir is a large, herbivorous mammal with a short, prehensile nose. Tapirs inhabit jungle and forest regions of South and Central America, with one species inhabiting Southeast Asia.

DID YOU KNOW?

Tapirs are most closely related to rhinos and horses – they are odd toed ungulates and they have a thick spikey mane of hair which protects them from predators that target the neck.

 

BREEDING

Young tapirs are dark brown with many stripes and spots to provide camouflage in the forests.They are often called ‘watermelons’

NUMBERS

The population of Lowland Tapir has seen a reduction estimated to be slightly greater than 30% in the past thirty years due to habitat loss, illegal hunting and competition with domestic livestock.

Lowland Tapir (5)

What's on today

Daily programme

Daily programme at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Time Event Location
5:00 PM Tapir and Maned Wolf Ranger Talk Atlantic Forest

Nearby? Also look out for…

Maned Wolf On The Prowl (1)

VIP Atlantic Forest Experience

Head behind the scenes on this unique experience get up close with our Bush Dog family, meet the Maned Wolves and feed the Tapirs!

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