New tapir arrives to form breeding pair at Newquay Zoo
Published: 28th Jan 2012Newquay Zoo, a conservation, education and scientific charity has a new resident. Emily the Brazilian tapir recently arrived from Flamingo Land in Yorkshire and has settled in well…
Newquay Zoo, a conservation, education and scientific charity has a new resident.
Emily the Brazilian tapir recently arrived from Flamingo Land in Yorkshire and has settled in well to her new surroundings.
Animal Collection Manager John Meek explains; ‘‘We are thrilled that Emily has joined us at Newquay. Staff and visitors were very sad when our previous female passed away, so it is great that we now have a pair again. Emily is only 18 months old, so we are hoping that she will form a successful breeding programme with our male tapir Renee. He looks very pleased to have some company again, and we couldn’t be happier with how the introduction between the two went.’’
Brazilian tapirs are classed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, a list which provides the most up-to-date species conservation status. This means that the species has a high risk of extinction in the wild within the medium term future of 10-100 years.
‘‘ We have successfully bred the species in the past, and we are sure that Emily and Renee will make more beautiful tapir babies in the future, which will be fantastic news for a threatened species’’ John added.
Visitors can get closer to this beautiful species at the amazing Keeper for a Day experience, which gives you the chance to experience life behind the scenes at Newquay Zoo. Alternatively an animal adoption of a species can help towards the cost of caring for your favourite animal. Newquay Zoo is one of the largest not-for-profit charities in Cornwall – with all money made going directly back into the Zoo and its conservation projects.