The Enigmatic Tapir of Costa Rica

Tapir lounging and eating vegetation in a river stream
In the heart of Costa Rica's lush landscape resides Baird's tapir. Locally known as "danta," this is a significant and iconic species of the country. Scientifically recognized as Tapirus bairdii, these elusive creatures symbolize the essence of Costa Rica's unique wildlife.
They are Costa Rica's largest terrestrial mammal, measuring between 29 to 42 inches at the shoulder, and weighing from 500 to 800 pounds. They have off-white markings with dark spots on their cheeks and around their eyes, making them easily distinguishable. Plus, their tough skin and long, bendy nose sets them apart in the animal kingdom.

Behavior and Diet of the Tapir in Costa Rica

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