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Tapirs in Central America
Tapirs in Central America

Tapirs in Central America

Kirsten Hubbard
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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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