The Mountain Tapir
or Woolly Tapir
) is the smallest of the four species
and is the only one to live outside of tropical rainforests
in the wild. It is most easily distinguished from other tapirs by its thick woolly coat and white lips.
The species name comes from the term "La Pinchaque"
, an imaginary beast said to inhabit the same regions as the Mountain Tapir.Downer, Craig C. Tapirs: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan
published by the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group, 1997.
Mountain tapirs are black or very dark brown in color, with occasional pale hairs flecked in amongst the darker fur. The fur becomes noticeably paler on the underside, around the anal region, and on the cheeks. A distinct white band runs around the lips, although it may vary in extent, and there are usually also white bands along the upper surface of the ears. In adults, the rump has paired patches of bare skin, which may help to indicate sexual maturity. The eyes are initially blue, but change to a pale brown as the animal ages.
Adults are usually around in length and in height at the shoulder. They typically weigh between , and while the sexes are of similar size, females... Read More