First camera trap photo of Mountain Tapir in Ecuador

 
Mountain Tapir
Mountain Tapir

This is the first camera trap photograph of a Mountain Tapir taken at Tapichalaca, although they are occasionally seen.

The tapir is the largest native mammal in South America and is classed are Endangered. They weigh up to 300 kilos and measure approx 2 m from snout to tail, however they are relatively short in height standing at about 1.2 metres at the shoulder. An unusual feature of the tapir is its toed, or 'split' hoof, which spreads to form toes: four on the front and three on the back.

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