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Protecting Tapirs

Protecting Tapirs

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, June 28, 2019/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, environment

                           Brazilian Tapir in Habitat  (credit: Wikicommons)

The tapir is an ancient animal whose closest relatives are horses, donkeys, and zebras. They have lived in tropical forests since the Eocene, over 50 million years ago. Habitat destruction, bushmeat poaching, and hunting for their skins has resulted in 4 of the 5 extant species being listed by the Convention on Threatened and Endangered Species (CITES). Conservation and protection of tapirs is very important as the animals represent what are called an “umbrella species”, an animal or plant with large habitat requirements which, if given sufficient protected area, will bring many other species along under its protection. This presentation provides perspectives on ways that you too can help.



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