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Tapirs in Central America
Tapirs in Central America

Tapirs in Central America

Kirsten Hubbard

Tapirs are one of nature's more interesting experiments. Tapirs have remained unchanged for millions of years, and there's definitely something prehistoric about their appearance – huge sturdy bodies (tapirs are the largest land mammals in Central America), prehensile snouts, tiny eyes, big round ears. The tapir endemic to Central America is Baird's tapir, with a dark, reddish brown coat.

Fun fact:
Every toe on a tapir has its own separate hoof.
No, really. Where you can find them: In every country of Central America but El Salvador, where (sadly) they're locally extinct.

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