About the Tapir

The South American tapir (Tapirus terrestris), also commonly called Sachavaca in mixed Quechua, the tapir is one of the five species of the tapirid family. The South American tapir is the largest native land mammal in the Peruvian Amazon.

The tapir and its facts

  • The tapir is an excellent swimmer, and diver also has the ability to move quickly on land, even on rugged and mountainous terrain: it has a lifespan of approximately 25 to 35 years. In nature, its main predators are alligators, the black alligator, is the last of which is in danger of extinction, they are large enough to capture these tapirs and other large animals, such as the jaguar and the puma, which often attack the tapirs at night.
  • When the tapirs leave the water, they sleep in compact and impenetrable forests. The South American tapir is also attacked by indigenous humans as they take advantage of their meat to feed.
  • It is a herbivore: with its mobile nose, it feeds on leaves, buds and small branches that plucks from trees, fruits, grasses and aquatic plants.
  • They mate in April, May or June, reaching sexual maturity in the third year of life: the females go through a gestation period of 13 months (385 – 390 days) and generally have a offspring every two years. A tapir baby weighs approximately (8 -9 kilos).

How to plan your trip through the Amazon to see the tapir and other wild animals of the jungle

Go to Manu National Park, (to the ecological reserve of Palotoa) and pay attention when walking on its trails: felines stalk the impressive tapir, around the forest in this protected area.

Explore with a trained guide: visit our impressive forest, one of our experienced tour guides will help you find them!
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