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World Tapir Day

Peter is an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer with over 50 years of work within zoos.

World Tapir Day

World Tapir Day takes place each year on the 27th April. The aim of having a special day just for Tapirs is to draw peoples attention to the Tapir, a beautiful and unusual looking animal with whom we share our planet. Like so many animals the Tapir is threatened by the damage man is doing to the planet.

Tapirs are popular animals and have a lot of fans, people who devote time, energy and cash to fund research and ensure the survival of the Tapir so that it may be enjoyed by future generations.

There are four species of living Tapirs:

  • Baird's Tapir
  • Lowland Tapir
  • Mountain Tapir

All three of which come from South America. And:

  • Malayan Tapir

Which comes from South East Asia.

The Lowland Tapir is classed as a VULNERABLE species. The other three are ENDANGERED. They need our help, our protection, our awareness to ensure they survive.

You can learn more about Tapirs and what you can do to raise awareness if you visit the Official World Tapir Day Website. You could also visit your local zoo. Check out if they have Tapirs, where they come from, what they eat and more. Time permitting Keepers are only too happy to answer your questions.

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Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on May 04, 2011:

Hello, hello, - Thank you. Hopefully it will get attention and act as an annual reminder.

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Hello, hello, from London, UK on May 04, 2011:

Worth while hub to draw the atention to this endangered species. Thank you for doing such a great job.

Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on May 03, 2011:

Thanks feenix. Wonderful animals. I have had a few as friends.

feenix on May 03, 2011:

Peter, tapirs are one of those mammals that are relatively unknown in the Western world, so thank you for publishing this educational article. The first time I saw a tapir in person was at the Griffith Park Zoo in Los Angeles, when I was about five or six years old.

Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on April 30, 2011:

Thank you Eiddwen

Eiddwen from Wales on April 30, 2011:

Hi peter,

I second what Sunny said about learning so much from your hubs.

Carry on writing and I will carry on reading.

Take care


Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on April 28, 2011:

Thanks AliciaC. It is a day I was familiar with because of my work but there must be thousands I am unaware of.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 28, 2011:

I didn't know that there was a World Tapir Day. It sounds like a great idea!

Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on April 27, 2011:

Thank you Sunnie. I enjoy the writing but it does limit my time for reading. There never seems to be enough hours in a day.

Sunnie Day on April 27, 2011:


I just learn more and more with each hub you publish. I love learning new things. Thank you for sharing.


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