Malayan Tapir

Tapir Malayo

The color pattern of this animal allows it to become almost invisible in the jungle at night. The jungle looks black and white in the moonlight.

The tapir enjoys water and swims very well. Under water, it can breathe through the nostrils at the end of its nose.  Humans hunt tapirs for food and sport.  Agriculture has reduce their habitat.  As a result all 4 species of this animal are now endangered.

Fun Facts


Class: Mammalia

Order: Perissodactyla

Family: Tapiridae

Genus: Tapirus

Species: A. Indica


You can find tapirs in tropical lowland swamps, and in montane and hill forests. They prefer dense, primary forests. The tapir ranges through Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand south to Malaysia and Sumatra.