The Lowland tapir is a fascinating mammal to look at. During the past few weeks they were seen quite often on different spots in Kabalebo. And the following explains why.
In my previous posts you could already notice that the Lowland tapir was dominating the area. Whether they were seen near the lodge, airstrip, pier or near the river, these beautiful creatures were continuously present.
First of all the water level in the Kabalebo river is very low. This means that inside the forest the small creeks are all dried out. The Lowland tapir has to come outside to quench its thirst or just to cool off in the river.
Second: the past few weeks we experienced occasionally rainfalls. They usually lasted only for a couple of minutes. But long enough to make the grass grow near the river; fresh food for the tapir.
Third: possible mating season. I have heard a couple of times tapirs whistling continuously near the pier. Over and over again. It wasn't just one who was whistling but rather a 'chat' between two tapirs. One of the trap cams 'caught' 2 tapirs passing by. A male and a female. Lowland tapirs are known as solitary animals. Mating season? If so, I am looking forward to see a little one walking behind his mom.
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