The Malayan tapir (also known as the Asian tapir) is one of four species of tapir and is the only one native to Asia. It is currently listed as a vulnerable species and is in danger of extinction.
You can adopt a tapir for a one-off payment of only £18.99 and you will receive a wonderful tapir adoption box containing these items.
Tapir adoption box details
When you adopt a tapir you will be helping the Aspinall Foundation to protect this endangered species and their habitats. You will also receive an adoption pack that includes:
- A gorgeous cuddly soft toy of your tapir
- A personalised adoption certificate
- A world map
- A fun fact sheet
- A car sticker
- Free entry ticket to Howletts or Port Lympne animal park
Threats and challenges to the tapir species
The Malayan tapir was once found in the tropical lowland rainforests of Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), and Thailand. However, like all species of tapir, their numbers have dwindled dramatically to the extent that there is a threat of extinction.
Tapirs have few natural predators due to their size. A fully grown Malayan tapir weighs an average of 250 – 300 kg (550 – 660 lb). Unfortunately, the main threat the wild tapirs is mankind. The tapir’s natural habitat is currently being destroyed by deforestation for agricultural purposes, flooding which is being caused by the damming of rivers for hydroelectric projects, and the illegal trade of the animals.
Tapirs aren’t currently hunted for food as the natural habitat of the animal is in Muslim countries and due to the close resemblance to the pig; the tapir isn’t hunted for meat. This is not to say that it is not hunted for sport as there are numerous reports suggesting that tapirs are hunted for pleasure, even though it is deemed illegal in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.
You will be adopting Tengui the Malayan tapir who lives at Port Lympne Animal Park in the UK. When Tengui was first born she was black with white spots, but she has now lost all of her spots and is now a miniature version of her mother Lidana.
Tengui enjoys the water and loves to spend time swimming. She has a voracious appetite for food although she has yet to find a mate! Port Lympne is currently working hard to find a partner for Tengui, although she is still quite young so would not be expecting to breed for a year or two yet.
The Malayan tapir lives in forested habitats such as swamps and rainforests and its diet consists of grasses leaves, buds and various fruit.
Tapirs are very primitive large mammals with their closest relatives being the rhino and horse.
Tapirs can live up to 30 years both in the wild and in captivity.
Tapirs are excellent swimmers and very adept at climing hills.
If you adopt a tapir today you will be giving the tapir species a chance of survival for the future. Just £18.99 will help to protect, feed, and keep healthy and enriched through play, the tapirs which are in care via The Aspinall Foundation around the world.
Where will my tapir adoption donation money go?
The Aspinall Foundation works in conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks in the UK to protect rare and endangered animals, and return them to protected areas in the wild. It is a sad fact that humans are likely to cause the extinction of a quarter of all known species in the next 20 years, unless we work together to protect them now.
Animal adoptions make wonderful ethical gifts so why not treat a friend or family member to one of the fantastic tapir adoption boxes and be safe in the knowledge that you have contributed towards helping the tapir species to survive.