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Baird's Tapir

(Tapirus bairdii)

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Large mammal, brownish, black, or grayish, with short, often sparse, hair; lighter-colored throat and chest; vaguely horse-like head with large, hanging, upper lip, or 'proboscis'; to 1.8 to 2.0m (5.8to 6.5ft); weight to 200+kg (440+lb). This species is listed as endangered. (Macho de Monte, Danta).


Low, middle, and higher elevation wet forests and swampy areas, Caribbean and Pacific slopes; active day or night; found on land or in shallow water.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Rincón de La Vieja National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii), Costa Rica