A Tapir's Diet
What does a tapir like to eat?
Lowland tapirs are known as herbivores. They like to eat (water) plants, fruits, twigs and leaves. With their enormous size they can easily eat around 40 kg (!!!) per day.
The tapirs living in the Kabalebo area like to stroll through the rainforest in search of some food. Along the way they like to eat twigs and young leaves. And when they are near our fruit trees they have a feast.
Here we 'caught' a male tapir in one of our gardens. He noticed a papaja tree and decided to treat himself. First of all he let the tree fall down by leaning against this young tree. With such an enormous size it was done in a split second. Here he took one of the papaja's.
With his strong teeth he managed to chew through the unripe fruit.
Here he is standing in our garden minding his own business. While I was shooting this picture I was also accompanied by other photographers.
As seen in all the pictures he wasn't bothered by our presence at all. Main rule: be quiet and don't stand too close to him, otherwise he would have run into the dense bushes right next to him.
PS: did you notice his flexible snout in all the above pictures?
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