Yasuni Wildlife: Amazon Tapir

The Yasuni Wildlife is one of the most diverse on the planet, in the Yasuni Life has diversified into millions of ways, a nature explorer mind would get excited at any direction!

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Shiripuno Amazon Lodge enjoy the remoteness of the Yasuni, with a set of trap cameras is able capture special moments of Amazonian Wildlife.

The Amazon Tapir is the largest mammal living in the vast Rainforest of the Yasuni.

The Amazon Tapirs are active mostly at nights, although some daytime encounters shows they wonder in the day as well.

The Amazon Tapir have forest trail on which they feeds on fresh and young leaves, they also eats a great deal of fruits specially figs.

The Amazon Tapir are excellents swimmers, sometimes seen crossing the Shiripuno River early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

English Name: Lowlands or Brazilian Tapir

Waorani Name: Tite

Kichwa Name: Sacha Wagra

Scientific Name:  Tapirus terrestris

Body length

The body length of a tapir 1.8 to 2.5 m (5.9 to 8.2 ft) with a 5 to 10 cm (2.0 to 3.9 in) short stubby tail and an average weight around 225 kg (496 lb).

Body Weight

The body weight of a tapir, on adult weight has been reported ranging from 150 to 320 kg (330 to 710 lb).

Body Height

The body height of a tapir stands somewhere between 77 to 108 cm (30 to 43 in) at the shoulder.

The Lowland Tapir is the largest surviving native terrestrial mammal in the Amazon. it closest relatives are horses, donkeys, zebras and rhinoceroses.

The frequently visit Forest Clay Licks to drink water rich in minerals that possible could help with plant based diet.

One of the coolest features is the Proboscis: a highly flexible organ, able to move in all directions, allowing the animals to grab foliage that would otherwise be out of reach. Tapirs often exhibit the flehmen response, a posture in which they raise their snouts and show their teeth to detect scents.

Shiripuno Research Center is carrying out a several small project to monitoring wildlife  and measure the impact of human activity in pristine forest.

The Yasuni Trap Camera Project is creating the baseline of wildlife activity along the trail net work and forest clay licks.