World Tapir Day

Posted: 27th April, 2017

Keepers at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo are excited to celebrate World Tapir Day on 27 April as the youngest member of the group prepares to leave the collection.

Karen Stiven, Hoofstock Keeper at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, said:

“Baku, the tapir calf born in 2016, is now of the age that he would have naturally separated from mum in the wild and we really want to mimic this natural behaviour. Baku will be taking up residence at Antwerp Zoo where he will become an important part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme to help augment a safety-net population, ensuring that the Malayan tapir does not go extinct.

“We are sad to see him go but also really excited about the role he will go on to play in the protection of this very unique species.  As he was leaving so close to world Tapir Day we wanted to celebrate by giving him some of his favourite foods to share with mum Sayang and dad Mowgli.”      

Tapirs are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List and are under threat from hunting and habitat loss. The Malayan tapir is the largest of four tapir species and is the only Old World tapir and are native to the rainforests of Burma, Malaysia, Sumatra and Thailand. Their noses and upper lips are extended to form a prehensile proboscis, which they use to grab leaves.

Please find images of the tapirs enjoying their World Tapir Day enrichment at the following link:

About RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
  • RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, just a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh’s bustling city centre. In its 104-year history the Zoo has been home to many famous animal residents, more recently the UK’s only giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, and the UK’s only koalas.
  • RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), a registered charity, charity no SC004064, which also owns RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.
  • The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland was founded by visionary lawyer Thomas Gillespie, the Society was set up in 1909 ‘to promote, facilitate and encourage the study of zoology and kindred subjects and to foster and develop amongst the people an interest in and knowledge of animal life’. The Society still exists to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction.
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  • RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).  BIAZA represents its member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.  For further information, please telephone 020 7449 6351

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