We are home to 3 Brazilian tapir – Al Capone who is 16 years old, Emily who is 11 years old and their offspring Shaun who was born in August 2020.
Brazilian tapir are native to South America, inhabiting wet forests and grasslands.
Tapirs are very important to the ecosystem as they help to distribute the seeds of plants they eat. Their diet consists of grasses, leaves, buds, soft twigs, fruits, low growing shrubs, aquatic vegetation and green shoots.
The biggest threats to the population of this Vulnerable species are excessive hunting, harsh competition with livestock as well as deforestation. Brazilian tapirs are officially protected by the Government.
Our pair of Brazilian tapir are involved in the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP) for the species. We have been successful with breeding tapir in the past with Al Capone and Emily’s first offspring, Matilda, born back in 2018 and their second offspring, Shaun, who was born last year. We hope to continue this success in the future and further contribute to the population of this species.