This is our newest wildlife rehabilitation and release resident. He is a male tapir, approximately 5 months old. We do not know his particular story, but many young tapirs that end up in the hands of the state agricultural agency are due to them being taken from the wild to be kept or sold as pets.
We get it, they’re adorable, but they’re wild animals. And because of this human desire to touch and be close to everything, they are now listed as a ‘vulnerable’ species. He is lovely, but we look forward to his release and possibly never seeing him again.
You can learn more about our wildlife rehabilitation and release program and why it has become part of the sanctuary here. There are also plenty of cute photos and some educational facts about tapirs.
September 16, 2018