Save the Tapir Card – Lowland Tapir from South America

The image on this card is adapted from a 19th century engraving from a German children’s natural history book shows a lowland Tapir from South America. The species was originally known as the “American Tapir.”

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  1. admin says:

    Thank you very much For this correction. The image comes from a wonderful old German children’s book and was annotated only “Amerikanische Tapir” so I took a guess. I was really hoping an expert like you would come along and help! I will correct this listing! These are such amazing looking animals.

  2. This is a very nice card, but the species is not Baird’s. It’s a lowland tapir (South America). For years it was called the American tapir. It was known long before the Baird’s tapir and was kept in zoos in Europe and the UK. The main telling feature is the raised crest that goes from above the eyes to the neck. If you compare the photos, you’ll see the difference:

    http://www.tapirback.com/tapirgal/bairds/pix-liv/

    http://www.tapirback.com/tapirgal/lowland/pix-liv/

    Sheryl Todd, President, Tapir Preservation Fund