5122, TAPIR 14''L are anatomically scaled to create the best reproduction of the life size stuffed animal and the most realistic stuffed animal in the industry.
The Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus ), also called Asian tapir, Asiatic tapir and Indian tapir, is the only tapir species native to Southeast Asia from the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra. It has been listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List since 2008, as the population is estimated to comprise less than 2,500 mature individuals.
Malayan tapir (otherwise known as Asian tapir) is the only living species of Old World tapir. There are only 4 tapir species around the globe, and this animal is the largest of them. Meanwhile, the Asian tapir is the most evolutionarily distinct tapir in the world. This mammal is very shy by nature, hiding from human disturbance in interior areas of its forest habitat. Hence, the animal is difficult to come across in the wild. Along with other tapir species, it exhibits an elongated, fleshy, and prehensile nose, which is able to grasp objects such as leaves and "handle" them into the mouth. The Malayan tapir has a highly-developed sense of smell. This animal is an odd-toed ungulate (the latter word literally means "having hooves"), displaying three toes on each of its hind feet. The Malayan Tapir has distinctive black and white coloration.
The natural range of this species is now heavily fragmented, occupying parts of south-eastern Asia, from southern Myanmar to south-western Thailand, Malaysia as well as from the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra. Within this territory, Malayan tapirs occur in a wide range of habitats from lowland and hill forests and montane cloud forests to alpine scrubland and grassy openings. They inhabit primary and secondary degraded forests with a constant source of water.
Malayan tapirs have a herbivorous (frugivorous (fruit-based), folivorous (leaf-based), and lignivorous (wood-based)) diet. Typical types of food are leaves, buds, growing twigs, tree bark, herbs, low-growing succulents, shrubs, fruits, club moss, grass, tubers as well as aquatic vegetation.
- Species of this genus are among the world's most primitive mammals, closely related to horses and rhinoceroses.
- Asian tapirs are excellent swimmers and divers, capable of walking along the bottoms of rivers, just like a hippopotamus.
- Tapirs almost haven't changed externally during the last 20 million years.
- When diving, tapirs use their flexible nose as a snorkel, helping them to breathe underwater.
- Tapirs in Thailand are referred to as “P'som-sett", literally translated as "mixture is finished." These animals are so-called due to a common belief, according which they were made from leftover parts of other animals.
- "Tapir" is a Brazilian Indian word, meaning "thick". And indeed, species of this genus exhibit rather solid and tough hides.
Product Dimension: 13.78(L) X 3.94(W) X 7.87(H)
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