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Brazilian tapir

(Tapirus terrestris)


Category: Mammals



The Brazilian, or South American, tapir is one of five species in the tapir family. They are large mammals– adults can weigh between 330 and 710 pounds. They prefer to live near water, and are found in the Amazon Rainforest and Amazon Basin, east of the Andes. They are an herbivore that feeds on leaves, buds, shoots, small branches, fruit, grasses, and aquatic plants.



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Perissodactyla
Family - Tapiridae
Genus - Tapirus
Species - T. terrestris

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