There are so many exotic and interesting animals in the world that it can be hard to keep track of them, or even know that some of them exist! In children’s books you learn about lions, elephants, tigers, buffalo, but what about tapirs? Tapirs are an interesting species of animal that is native to Asia, specifically the Malayan tapir.
These animals are endangered and thus are under the careful eye of nature professionals to make sure that they do not die out before it is too late. Only about 2,500 animals from this species remain in the wild, so it is incumbent that they are watched over and monitored as closely as possible.
Because of the fact that there are so few members of this species left in the world, each and every Malayan tapir birth is extremely important and is celebrated fully. That is why there is such a big splash being made after a Malayan tapir was just born at the famous Chester Zoo located in England.
What is extra special about this particular tapir is the fact that he looks almost nothing like his mom which is extremely surprising to people passing by, but not to the zoo keepers. You would think that this tapir is not even related to mom, however within a year he will lose the intricate black and white spotted design and change to a simple black and white coat like his mother.
They named the tapir Solo, and his birth is making a monumental moment for experts in the animal field and wildlife enthusiasts as well. People visiting the zoo love Solo and enjoy watching him interact with his mother an environment, and they just can’t get enough of him.
Not only is it great for Solo to be growing up in such a protected and shielded environment where he can be taken care of, but people from all around can look at this incredibly beautiful and interesting creature and awareness can be raised about the endangered species which will help people respect their lives as a whole.
Tapirs are primarily solitary creatures, and they like to mark out large areas of land that they call their own territory by peeing on plants. They are primarily herbivores. The Malayan tapir is the only type of tapir that is native to the Southeast Asia area, and one problem that is very destructive to their populations is the simple to fact as to how much they are worth. In areas such as Thailand, they are worth around $5,500 for a captured one. They are often times desired for their meat which is similar to the meat of a pig which can also make their concept of slaughter a taboo.
If you want to see a video of Solo, the new Malayan tapir running around in his enclosure and having a merry time, check out the video below and let us know what you think of this new birth in the world down in the comments!