The Baird’s tapir has an overall dark brown or grayish-brown appearance marked with distinct cream-colored patches on its face, ear tips, and throat. It is the largest mammal in South and Central America, having a very narrow range in South Mexico and northwestern South America. They are found in tropical wet regions ranging from rainforests to marshes and swamps.
They are primarily solitary or form small family units, herbivorous and nocturnal but can be active at any hour. They are agile runners, climbers, and swimmers, often hiding underwater when threatened.
They are monogamous, with the male and female forming a lifelong pair and sharing a home range where they raise their calf during its first 1-2 years of life.
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- Their natural predators are only the jaguars.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No