Tapirs Caught On Trail Cam

John McRoberts was in the Mexican jungle for six months studying ocellated turkeys. But on his trail cameras, he also captured photos of tapirs. -All photos are property of John McRoberts
While Tapirs look like pigs, they are most closely related to horses and rhinoceroses.
They can be found in Central and South America but the biggest tapirs live in southeast Asia and can grow up to 800 pounds.
While it looks like tapirs have a trunk, its actually an extended nose and upper lip. They use it to grab branches and eat fruit.
There are four tapir species and all four are endangered or threatened. Habitat loss is the main contributing factor for the dwindling populations.
Tapirs can live about 25-30 years and measure up to 42 inches high at the shoulder.
They are strong swimmers and even dive under the water to feed on submerged plants.
Scientists believe tapirs have been around for more than 10 million years.
Tapirs are nocturnal and have fairly weak eyesight. However, they have incredibly powerful noses and a acute hearing.
Their diet consists of fruit, berries and leaves in the undergrowth.
Scientists believe that tapirs were originally a North American species, but migrated to South America 3 million years ago.
Tapirs are typically docile creatures, but they have attacked humans, including one unlucky environmentalist in 2006.
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