these were wild, but they are attracted to the structure
Las Vueltas Eco Lodge
estaba descansando bajo la sombras de los al medio dia
Foto tomada por medio de fototrampeo por Ana Cuj y Vicente Lopez miembros de la Brigada de Vigilancia Comunitaria del Cañón del Usumacinta Ejido Corregidora Ortíz
Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii)
Xcaret - Riviera Maya
Carretera Chetúmal-Puerto Juárez Kilómetro 282, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, México
17 Mayo 2014
Endemic to southern Mexico including the whole of the Yucatan Peninsula, Central America and the northern fringes of South America especially along the Pacific Coast in Colombia and Ecuador, Baird's Tapir is an endangered species and according to our cited source there exist but an estimated 5,500 of these mammals in the wild (as of 2006) with the larger number existing in Mexico. At Xcaret there was a single Baird's Tapir in the enclosure provided for it and this specimen is represented in these images. We wonder how many of the species find themselves in ecological enclosures and out of the wild as efforts may occur to try and preserve the species. Its prognosis in the wild is not favorable according to the source we cite and related sources that were consulted.
We quote verbatim from the Tapir Specialist Group's Web site:
Range: Distributed from Oaxaca Province in Mexico through Central America to the western side of the Andean mountain range in Colombia (the Darien). It occurs in rainforests, lower montane forests, deciduous forests, flooded grasslands and marsh areas.
Characteristics: Up to 1.5 meters long (5 feet) and 250 kg (550 pounds).
Conservation threats: The major threats to the species are habitat destruction and fragmentation and hunting throughout its range.
Population Estimate (2006): Estimates suggest that there are less than 5,500 Baird’s tapir remaining in the wild, with populations in Mexico under 1,500, Guatemala under 1,000, Honduras under 500, Nicaragua under 500, Republic of Panama under 1,000, Costa Rica under 1000, and Colombia approximately 250. Populations of Baird's tapir are in a continuing decline.
Mating: Primarily solitary, the species forms occasional associations with others and for breeding.
Sounds: Communication is by a range of whistles of different pitch and duration.
Source: "Tapirus bairdii (Baird's Tapir)," Tapir Specialist Group, photographs, description, range map, accessed 2.26.16, http://www.tapirs.org/tapirs/bairds.html
A tapir (/ˈteɪpər/ TAY-pər or /təˈpɪər/ tə-PEER) is a large browsing mammal, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile snout. Tapirs inhabit jungle and forest regions of South America, Central America, and Southeast Asia. The four species of tapirs are the Brazilian tapir, the Malayan tapir, Baird's tapir and the mountain tapir. All four are classified as endangered or vulnerable. Their closest relatives are the other odd-toed ungulates, including horses and rhinoceroses.