Take a look at one of the largest of the five living species of tapir
By Vyny | self meida writer
Published 25 days ago - 4 views
The asian, or malayan tapir is the largest of the five living species of tapir. It weighs about 100 - 500kg and with a size of 1.80 - 2.5m.
It is also the only surviving old world species. It is characterized by it's long, freshly, prehensile nose, and distintive black and white colouration which apparently breaks up the body in the gloom of the forests in which it lives.
It was a previously a very diverse and numerous group.
The origins of Tapiridae can be traced back at least fifty million years, and they have changed little in body plan for 35 million years.
Formerly ranging across southeast Asia, the tapir today exists as a series of isolated population, the largest of which are in Malaysia.
Habitat destruction, especially through deforestation for agriculture purpose, or flooding caused by the damming of rivers for hydroelectric purpose, is largely responsible for for historical decline of this species and continues to be the main threat today. Hunting, a relatively Minor threat in the past, is also becoming more of a concern; as other preferred prey species are becoming more depleted, hunters are increasingly looking towards tapirs as a food source.
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