Charlie Brown the South American Tapir. @coldplay @lowland_tapir @tapirchocolates @protapir
These hoofed mammals are living fossils - surviving extinctions since the Eocene 35 millions years ago. - three other endangered Tapir species exist; the Mountain Tapir, Baird’s Tapir in South America and the #mj black and white Malayan Tapir in Asia. - closest relatives are #rhino 🦏 and #horses 🐎 - prehensile nose to pick leaves/fruit and use as a snorkel while swimming
- fast swimmers and runners through the forest to escape jaguars and tigers 🐅 - Tapirs are pregnant for more than a year and babies are born with a #watermelon 🍉 striped pattern to #camouflage. - Tapirs are crucial to the forest ecosystem = ‘Gardeners of the forest’ 🌿 eating huge amounts of fruits 🍐, travelling long distances and shitting out the seeds for a new plant to grow and create genetic diversity. #endangeredspecies due to habitat loss and traditional hunting by humans for their meat. - As they have a long pregnancy with only one baby born per year, it’s so important to monitor their population growth and eliminate threats of deforestation, hunting and disease to give them a chance to recover. #tapir #conservation #animals #brazil #southamerica #sustainableagriculture
The lowland tapir conservation initiative (institute for ecological research in Brazil) is conducting research, education and #habitatrestoration efforts with South American schools, universities and local communities.
Check out Tapir.org 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿#charliebrown #peanuts #rainforest #nature #biodiversity