This picture was taken in 2012, the year that I started to use trophy cams in Kabalebo. Now 4 years later we are checking the trophy cam on the River Cabin trail.
Lowland tapirs are fond of young leaves/grass and fruits. I discovered that they also like the plums of the Mope tree, growing close to the lodge of Kabalebo. This tree bears every year fruit between December and March. Sweet/sour plums that are devoured by both humans, birds, turtles, agouti's and … the Tapir. Since the tree is standing on civilized ground, out in the open surrounded by staff houses and the lodge no tapir will dare to visit this Mope tree. As this tree bears a lot of sweet and juicy plums, too much for the staff to handle, I decided to gather every season (on a daily basis) a heap for them.
Of course I am curious if they also like the treat and so I just put the heap right in front of the trophy cam on the River Cabin trail. It was surely a welcoming treat for them.
In the video below you can see a couple enjoying each other presence, right after eating the plums together. A very touchy video! Enjoy!
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