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 Sword-Billed Hummingbird: Tapir QuickReference
Another thing that tapirs share in common is their feet; all tapirs have four toes on each front foot and three toes on each back foot which are splayed and capped with hooves, allowing them to walk more easily on soft and muddy ground.
The tapir is generally an herbivore, as the diet consists of fruits, leaves, stems, sprouts, small branches, grasses, tree bark, cane, melon, cocoa, rice, corn from plantations, and even aquatic plants, but the tapir will also eat aquatic organisms which it will even walk along the bottom of a stream or river for.
While the tapir’s unique adaptations have helped it to survive in its environment, as in many other cases, human activity and technology has led to the decline of the magnificent animal, and the tapir may disappear before its importance is fully understood.
www.swordbilled.com /content/writing/378   (2379 words)

  
 Digimorph - Tapirus terrestris (lowland tapir)
Tapirs are browsers, and their cheek teeth are adapted to form a series of shearing transverse blades (lophs) that are well suited for chewing fruit, leaves, and twigs.
Tapirs generally live in forested areas, and their stocky build, with relatively short limbs and stout torso, is well suited for barreling through the underbrush.
Relative to other living perissodactyls (i.e., horses and rhinoceroses), tapirs are also characterized by a posteriorly telescoped cranium, with the frontal bones elevated and posteriorly displaced relative to the rest of the facial skeleton.
digimorph.org /specimens/Tapirus_terrestris   (1108 words)

  
 MALAYAN TAPIR
The tapir, is a nocturnal herbivorous ungulate animal of the jungles of Central & South American and Southeast Asia.
Tapirs are dense and bulky with little hair on their hard, tough skin, and are very muscular, with strong jaws.
The mountain tapir is the most seriously threatened of the four, though all species are now endangered due to hunting and encroachment and habitat destruction through deforestation by humans through commercial logging, oil exploration, establishment of plantations, mining, and settlement.
www.geocities.com /RainForest/Vines/5257/gdc8.html   (922 words)

  
 Tapir
Tapirs are related to horses and rhinos, not to pigs.
All young tapirs are born, however, with a pattern of dots and stripes on their body which makes them appear, in the words of one zoologist, like “watermelons with legs.” As they get older, these markings gradually fade away to be replaced by the permanent colours.
Shy and solitary by nature, tapirs are often hunted in their native countries for their hide, which is tough and leathery.
www.nature.ca /notebooks/english/etapir.htm   (204 words)

  
 Digimorph, Tapirs
Among the suite of characters that differentiate tapirs from other mammals, the most obvious are: the continuous transverse shearing blades (or lophs) on their cheek teeth; their three-toed hindfoot, and four-toed forefoot; and most noticably, their short prehensile proboscis (see discussion below).
Tapirs are browsers, and the series of transverse shearing blades (lophs) on their cheek teeth are adapted for chewing fruit, leaves, twigs and vines.
Tapirs are perissodactyls (or odd-toed ungulates), a group that also includes the rhinoceroses and the horses.
www.digimorph.org /resources/tapirs.phtml   (904 words)

  
 Tapir
Seen in a zoo, this tapir's colouring might seem to be rather conspicuous, but in its natural surroundings deep in a humid jungle, the fl and white markings help the animal to blend perfectly with its moonlight dappled background.
Tapirs are shy, inoffensive animals, living in habitats varying from tropical rainforest to deciduous forest, from sea level to heights of at least 3350 metres.
Tapirs have always been a source of food for the natives of the forest, but over-hunting by outsiders has drastically reduced their numbers in some areas.
www.yptenc.org.uk /docs/factsheets/animal_facts/tapir.html   (869 words)

  
 The Belize Zoo - Tapir
The tapir, known as the "mountain cow" in Belize, are forest dwellers, active mostly at night as they forage along river banks and forest clearings.
Tapirs are usually solitary except when mothers have young.
The main threats to the tapir survival is hunting and deforestation.
www.belizezoo.org /zoo/zoo/mammals/tap/tap1.html   (141 words)

  
 What's a tapir?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Although tapirs are often mistaken for pigs and anteaters, they're in the odd-toed hooved animal family (perissodactyls), as are the horse and rinocerous.
The Mountain, Baird and Brazillian tapirs are native to South America, and all are solid fl or fl- brown.
Tapirs in captivity sometimes have violent tantrums: a Malay tapir severed the arm of a keeper at the Oklahoma City Zoo in 1998.
www.tapir.org /about_tapir.html   (459 words)

  
 Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: Baird's Tapir
Tapirs are shy inhabitants of deep forest or swamps, traveling on well-worn trails, usually near water.
The Baird's tapir was the first tapir to be described by European explorers, but the last to be given a scientific name, and the last to be studied in any detail.
Tapirs are hunted for food, sport and for their thick hides in many parts of their range.
www.jaxzoo.org /things/biofacts/BairdsTapir.asp   (898 words)

  
 Mountain tapir
The coat is thick, rough, and long-haired, with an insulating layer of underfur.
Typical of tapirs, the nose is long and prehensile, and the eyes are small and beady.
The mountain tapir is considered to be an endangered species by the IUCN (1996).
www.ultimateungulate.com /Perissodactyla/Tapirus_pinchaque.html   (434 words)

  
 Tapir Refrigerator Magnets
A tapir is a large, browsing animal, roughly the shape of an over-sized pig but with a short, prehensile trunk.
Tapirs belong to the family Tapiridae and the genus Tapirus.
The tapir family is old by mammal standards: the earliest fossil tapir dates to the early Oligocene, and Eocene rocks from as long as 55 million years ago contain a wide range of tapir-like animals.
www.junglewalk.com /shop/Tapir-magnets.htm   (286 words)

  
 Tapir - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tapirs are large browsing mammals, roughly pig-like in shape, with short, prehensile trunks.
Tapirs are lophodonts, and their cheek teeth have distinct lophs (ridges) between protocones, paracones, metacones and hypocones.
The natural lifespan of a tapir is approximately 25 to 30 years, both in the wild and in zoos.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tapir   (2266 words)

  
 Amazon Animals mammals - tapir natural history
The tapir's keen sense of smell and hearing usually detect a prowling cat long before it can approach close enough for a kill, and at a hint of danger, the tapir heads for the nearest river or lake—there's not much that will stop a tapir barreling for water.
Tapir meat ranks high among hunters's favored foods, so its not surprising that the animal is heavily hunted near inhabited regions.
Hunters imitate the tapir's whistling call and the animal thereupon replies and is readily found and shot or trapped.
www.junglephotos.com /amazon/amanimals/ammammals/tapirnathist.shtml   (1002 words)

  
 TAPIR project web site
TAPIR aims at investigating the potentials of applying the diversity of cognitive representations pointing to scientific full-text documents following the principle of poly-representation.
The theoretical framework is constituted by the cognitive approach to IIR as developed by Ingwersen (1992; 1996), Ingwersen and Christensen (1997), and Borlund (1997; 1998; 2000a, 2000b).
TAPIR applies the IIR Evaluation Package consisting of simulated work task situations and a set of procedures for carrying out IIR evaluations in dedicated information environments.
project.dbit.dk /tapir   (395 words)

  
 Amazon Animals mammals - tapir photos
Tapirs are uniquely South American mammals and the largest land animals of the continent.
Due to their large size, tapirs have been heavily hunted and are increasingly rare in the wild.
Young tapir are vulnerable to carnivores such as jaguars, ocelots, and large caimans.
www.junglephotos.com /amazon/amanimals/ammammals/tapir.shtml   (171 words)

  
 Ark Animals Wildside: Lowland Tapir Project (Tapir tapirus)
Individual tapirs are trapped and radio-collared and their movements continuously monitored and mapped throughout the landscape.
One of the challenges of this study was to capture the tapirs to be able to install the radio-collars and thus begin data collection.
We are using the tapirs as landscape detectives so we'll find out what are the routes they use to move through the landscape and we'll use those routes as potential areas to be covered by forests as corridors.
www.arkanimals.com /ark/ws_tapir_tapirus_terrestris.html   (1329 words)

  
 Malayan Tapir - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tapirs mark out their territories by spraying urine on plants, and they often follow distinct paths which they have bulldozed through the undergrowth.
The main threat to the Malayan tapirs is human activity, including deforestation for agricultural purposes, flooding caused by the damming of rivers for hydroelectric projects, and illegal trade.
In areas such as Sumatra, where the population is predominantly Muslim, tapirs are seldom hunted for food, as their physical similarity to pigs has made tapir meat a taboo, but in some regions they are hunted for sport or shot accidentally when mistaken for other animals.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Malayan_Tapir   (1110 words)

  
 Rainforest Live: Tapirs
Tapirs are found in the rainforests of South East Asia and South and Central America.
Tapirs spend most of their time splashing around in the muddy water to keep cool.
Tapirs are mainly active at night, feeding on grasses, leaves, twigs, fruit and shoots.
www.rainforestlive.org.uk /index.cfm?Articleid=508   (237 words)

  
 Virtual Amazon Tour-Tapir   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
At six feet long and weighing anywhere from 300-500 pounds, the tapir reminds some people from the rainforest of cows to such an extent that the tapir has been nicknamed "mountain cow" by natives.
The diet of a tapir is mostly grass, aquatic vegetation, leaves, buds and the fruit of low-growing shrubs.
Tapirs will generally live for 22 years and females will have only one offspring.
www.msu.edu /~hagersha/Templates/tapir.htm   (91 words)

  
 Animal Info - Mountain Tapir
The mountain tapir is a browser, with a diet that includes ferns and plant shoots.
In contrast to other tapir species, which are predominantly nocturnal, the mountain tapir apparently is active during both daytime and nighttime.
The mountain tapir inhabits montane forests at altitudes of 1400 - 4700 m (4600 - 15,400').
www.animalinfo.org /species/artiperi/tapipinc.htm   (958 words)

  
 Tapir
Tapir is a new language and a set of supporting tools to allow easier systems programming.
When in testing mode, Tapir will use the simulation code, then asked to generated the real code, the simulation code will be left out to allow the real code that supports the low-level details to be plugged in.
The Tapir language, is reminiscent of C, C++ and Java.
www2.informatik.uni-erlangen.de /Forschung/Projekte/Tapir/?language=en   (484 words)

  
 The Environmental Literacy Council - Tapir
Known as the "gardener of the rainforest," tapirs are found in the rainforests and grasslands of Central and South America and Southeast Asia.
Tapirs typically weigh between 350 and 800 pounds, grow to be 6 feet long, and live about 25-30 years.
The Tapir Preservation Fund is dedicated to preserving tapirs and their habitats and provides this site, The Tapir Gallery, to the general public in order to do so.
www.enviroliteracy.org /subcategory.php/276.html   (529 words)

  
 EXN.ca | Animals
The tapir, however, is neither an anteater nor a pig.
While the tapir's ancient ancestors were found throughout the northern hemisphere, the four species of tapirs alive today live only in more tropical climates.
However, all tapir babies -- born one at a time after a 13-month gestation -- have the striped and spotted "watermelon" coat for the first several months of life.
www.exn.ca /Stories/1999/07/22/53.asp   (740 words)

  
 South American Tapir   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Tapirs are related to the horse and the rhinoceros, as they all are odd-toed hoofed mammals.
Tapirs are excellent swimmers and will often try to escape into the water or into thick bush when attacked.
This tapir's main predator is the jaguar, and caymans sometimes attack young tapirs in the water.
www.dierinbeeld.nl /animal_files/mammals/south_american_tapir   (358 words)

  
 Tapir,Mammals,Tapir Picture,Mammal Pictures,Catalog,Encyclopedia
Tapirs are 1.8 to 2.4 m (6 to 8 ft) long, stand about 1 m (40 in) at the shoulder, and may weigh more than 270 kg (600 lb).
The Asiatic, or Malayan, tapir, T. indicus, fl on the front half and legs and white on the back and sides, is found in Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Malaya, and Sumatra.
Tapirs move quickly in open or jungle habitat and live from sea level to almost 4,575 m (15,000 ft).
www.4to40.com /earth/geography/htm/mammalsindex.asp?counter=151   (221 words)

  
 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Tapirus terrestris
Little information is available for the population in Guyana, however, tapirs are not protected here at present and are hunted by subsistence hunters as well as by a developing bush-meat industry as roads are cut into the forest for logging.
In Bolivia, tapirs are susceptible to hunting, and habitat degradation.
The size of the tapir population in the country is unknown, but it is suspected a large number (over 10,000) to the south of the Orinoco River.
www.iucnredlist.org /search/details.php/21474/all   (961 words)

  
 The tapir: a big unknown
The Malayan tapir inhabits southeast Asia, while the Mountain, Brazilian and Baird's tapirs live in the jungles and forests of South America.
And all tapir babies can swim within a week of birth - although swimming is not the tapirs' only method of aquatic locomotion.
The Malayan tapir is not hunted to a great extent --it looks too much like a pig for the local Muslim populations to eat it.
www.exn.ca /html/templates/printstory.cfm?ID=1999072253   (774 words)

  
 Tapir Design - stylish and accessible web design for all.
The tapir is a design classic: 35 million years without change.
Tapirs can go pretty much anywhere they please: they are fast runners, excellent climbers and strong swimmers.
Tapir Design not only strives to design and code websites that are stylish and visually pleasing, but they should also be accessible to everybody who wishes to view them.
www.tapirdesign.com /philosophy.html   (200 words)

  
 Tapir Specialist Group: Tapirs in Mel Gibson Film Apocalypto   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The IUCN/SSC-affiliated Tapir Specialist Group is a global group of biologists, zoo professionals, researchers and advocates dedicated to conserving tapirs and their habitat through strategic action-planning in countries where tapirs live, information sharing, and through educational outreach that shows the importance of the tapir to local ecosystems and to the world at large.
A second tapir from another zoo was on the set, but was not used.
There was also an animatronics tapir that was used for the scene in which the tapir was killed.
www.tapirspecialistgroup.org /news/interviews/apocalypto-interview.html   (1289 words)

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