American Elephants


Monday Morning Cute: An Endangered Baird’s Tapir by The Elephant's Child
March 24, 2014, 6:31 am
Filed under: Environment, Heartwarming

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Its a female Baird’s Tapir, born at the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society. Her name is Luna, a name bestowed by school children. Mom is not as decorative as her daughter, but these Tapirs are an endangered species, so it’s nice to see this new, very cute one.

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Their range in the wild is from southern Mexico down through Central America as far as Ecuador. They are mostly solitary  and active at night.

 

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I love tapirs. They are so humble, and so peaceful. I wasn’t aware of this species. Good to see one born in captivity.

Comment by Subsidy Eye

The zoos of the world have had their consciousness raised, undoubtedly not all, but a good percentage. They used to have small, unpleasant cages to show off animals and so icky that a good percentage of science fiction stories consist of humans ending up in the zoos of other species. I usually include a link for zooborns.com, but they picture the new arrivals in the world’s zoos, many endangered and some like the Przewalski’s Horseand the European Bison have increased enough in captivity to be released into the wild. The Germans are unsure about having wild bison in their woods.

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