Feed Newquay Zoo’s tapirs this World Tapir Day!

On Saturday 27 April, Newquay Zoo in Cornwall is inviting people to celebrate World Tapir Day in style with a special Tapas & Tapirs evening.

Visitors will be treated to a unique experience after hours, where they’ll not only enjoy a delicious tapas dinner, but they’ll also get to feed Newquay’s tapirs too!

The evening will also include a talk led by Newquay Zoo Senior Keeper, Tracey Twomey, who has a passion for all things tapir. She’ll tell people about the different types of tapir and their lives in the wild, as well as introducing visitors to the zoo’s very own characters.

Newquay Zoo is home to two Brazilian tapirs – Al Capone and his son Shaun. Shaun was born at the zoo in August 2020, and loves spending time with his dad as well as Johnson the capybara, who shares the same enclosure as the tapirs.

Tracey said: “Tapirs are amazing animals, with such distinct personalities. I am really excited to get to introduce you to Al Capone and Shaun, as well as telling you more about tapirs as a whole.”

World Tapir Day was established in 2008 to help raise awareness about these vulnerable and endangered animals. There are four different types of tapir in all: Brazilian, Baird’s, Malaysian and mountain tapirs. Tapirs have prehensile snouts, are referred to as ‘living fossils’ as they are among the most primitive mammals on Earth.

The Tapirs & Tapas event takes place from 6pm until 8pm, and includes a tapas dinner served in Café Lemur, overlooking Lemur Island. Prices cost £35 per ticket or £31.50 for Newquay Zoo Members.

Places are limited, so please book in advance. Tickets can be purchased here:

In addition, the attraction’s popular Wake Up With Newquay Zoo event will return for a second year on Tuesday 7 May. Visitors will be able to experience the sights and sounds of the zoo before it opens to the general public, as well as an exclusive guided tour and a tasty al-fresco breakfast overlooking Lemur Island.

For more details, and to purchase tickets, go to: