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Baird's Tapir

Baird's Tapir
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Guatemala & Belize
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-22 23:09
Viewed: 8116
Points: 12
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Baird's Tapir
Tapirus bairdii

Length: 6 feet
Weight: 300 - 500 lbs.
Reach Maturity: 3 Years
Mating: Non-seasonal
Gestation: 13 months
No. of Young:1

Habitat: Riverine forest
Food: Riparian vegetation
Lifespan: 22 years


The tapir, known as the "mountain cow" in Belize, are forest dwellers, active mostly at night as they forage along river banks and forest clearings. They feed on grasses, aquatic vegetation, leaves, buds, and fruits of the low-growing shrubs. They sometime run afoul of man when they cause damage to corn fields and other crops.
Tapirs are usually solitary except when mothers have young. They range over large territories and are excellent swimmers, spending a fair amount of time in forest rivers. They are also agile climbers, crashing up steep hillsides and river banks with apparent ease. When surprised, tapirs generally head for water, but will sometimes stamp their feet loudly and sometimes whistle.

The Baird's Tapir ranges from Southern Mexico to Northern Columbia and are endangered throughout their range. The main threats to the tapir survival is hunting and deforestation.

This shot was taken at the Belize Zoo.


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Hi Manyee

Great shot of this very rare tapir. You were lucky to get them active, I've been there twice and both times they were resting at the back of their enclosure. Great POV and exposure.


nice wide capture, TFS Ori

HI manyee

J'avoue bien humblement faire connaissance, grâce à votre photo, de cet animal pour la première fois.
Quel bel animal . Magnifique photo par la pose de l'animal, les couleurs et la lumière.
Bravo et au revoir....JP

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2010-01-23 7:19]

Hi Manyee,

A great capture with a great POV,this rare tapir runs almost out of my comp screen,well composed,thanks


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-24 9:34]

Hello Manyee,
This may be a zoo shot but the Baird's Tapir looks like it is in a very natural environment. I like the way it directs its flexible snout at the photographer!
Nice POV and composition too with excellent sharpness and natural colors.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-02-05 22:19]

Hi ManYee

Just when I thought it's done I've discovered another TrekNature 1st from your portfolio.
The "Intrepid Discoverer" hasn’t voiced the final aria so far (photographically). Once again,
there are many tapir postings on the site, but I couldn't find Baird's tapir at all. So it means
that this is #14 of TrekNature 1st's since mid November 2009. I am sure this is an all time
record, fit enough to appear in the "Guinness book of World Records" (chuckle). Obviously
this one also found its way straight to my theme for "RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions
to TN

This tapir was busy smelling you (or was it the Canon) with that extended nose that almost
seems to work like an elephant's trunk. Good sharp details with sufficient DOF to cover the
complete range of the animal. I must say that this tapir image doesn't look like a zoo image,
but it looks more like it was captured in the animal's natural environment so I suppose that
says a lot about the effort the Belize Zoo made to provide an adequate and natural stay for
this animal.

Good work MF and TFS.
Take care and have a great weekend (again).

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