Tapirs Caught On Trail Cam

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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
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While Tapirs look like pigs, they are most closely related to horses and rhinoceroses.
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They can be found in Central and South America but the biggest tapirs live in southeast Asia and can grow up to 800 pounds.
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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.
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There are four tapir species and all four are endangered or threatened. Habitat loss is the main contributing factor for the dwindling populations.
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Tapirs can live about 25-30 years and measure up to 42 inches high at the shoulder.
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They are strong swimmers and even dive under the water to feed on submerged plants.
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Scientists believe tapirs have been around for more than 10 million years.
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Tapirs are nocturnal and have fairly weak eyesight. However, they have incredibly powerful noses and a acute hearing.
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Their diet consists of fruit, berries and leaves in the undergrowth.
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Scientists believe that tapirs were originally a North American species, but migrated to South America 3 million years ago.
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Tapirs are typically docile creatures, but they have attacked humans, including one unlucky environmentalist in 2006.
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