Happy World Tapir Day!

George the TapirHappy World Tapir Day from us and George!

George is a rehab/release tapir that is ready for his next phase of release. Next week he will be closed out of his smaller yards and only have access to his two-acre yard (he has had access to it for several weeks now). He will spend a short time there, and if all goes well, the yard will be opened up to the rest of the property.

Everything is individual, and although we have plans, just like the elephants, the tapirs determine how it goes. Previously we have released 4 other tapirs, who we see now and again. They are IUCN red-listed. Their population has been decimated by land encroachment, hunting for meat and the pet trade. We are happy to be able to rehabilitate them and release them back into the wild, where they belong. One of the females we released about a year ago may actually be pregnant- or she is getting very fat. 

You can learn more about our rehabilitation and release program → here.

April 27, 2019


  1. REPLY
    Maggie says

    I can’t remember hearing about George? I can’t remember the names of the other two tapirs. I thought there was only one other making 3 ?

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      Kat Blais says

      We have released four- Arya and Sheldon who arrived and were rehabbed together. Nutmeg, our first and the big boy and Sassy, who came in with Alma. Alma and Sassy were together for a bit, but Sassy was too dominant with Alma, so they were separated, which would have happened anyway, since Sassy was able to be released and Alma is not, because she is blind and has seizures. She is our permanent resident.

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    Sherry says

    Yes, all animals, deserve to live in their natural habitats!

    Thank you, sanctuary, for all you do for the animals!!

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