It’s A Girl!
On March 4th, the Belfast Zoo welcomed Marjorie - a Malayan tapir.
Andrew Hope, the zoo’s curator, explains:
“Malayan tapirs are a beautiful but slightly unusual-looking species. They are related to horses and rhinoceroses.”
If you’re ever in Indonesia, Burma (Myanmar), Malaysia or Thailand, keep a lookout for the Tapir. Here’s how to recognize one:
“The adults have a distinctive coat pattern and are black on the front and white on the back. However, when the calves are born they have beige spotted and striped markings, which make them look incredibly like ‘watermelons on legs’."
According to Hope:
“Marjorie will begin to lose her markings after a few months and when she is six months old she will look like a miniature adult.”
Tapirs are an endangered species. The latest studies estimate the tapir population could decline by 50% over the next 30 years. There are only 150 Tapirs in zoos in the entire world!
Marjorie’s mama and papa are now one of the most successful breeding pairs of Malayan tapir in Europe. They’ve welcomed 11 babies since meeting in Belfast.
Support the care of Belfast Zoo’s Malayan tapirs by taking part in the animal adoption scheme.
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