Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) - North
and West South America in mountains and grassland. They have heavy,
piglike bodies with a long trunk snout. This flexible trunk nose
helps them under water, using it like a snorkel. They use the
trunk snout for browsing on plant vegetation. They are
important for spreading seeds of plants and trees.
The Tapir has small eyes and rounded ears.
Malayan Tapir (Tapirus indicus) -
Burma, Thailand, the Indochinese peninsula and Sumatra. The
Malayan Tapir is the largest of the tapirs. The forward part
of this tapirs body is black and the back section of the body is white
with black legs. The babies have brown with whitish markings on
the forward part with white on the back body. They have a long,
flexible snout. Since water is important, they live near water and
like to stay submerged for a long time. There are 3 hooved toes on
their feet with a smaller fourth toe.