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reconstruction of the early Eocene
2014-07-09 09:33:31

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Silvacola acares is a tiny hedgehog species that lived roughly 52-million-years ago, during the Eocene Epoch. Its fossil remains were recently identified by a University of Colorado Boulder-led team working in British Columbia. Along with the tiny hedgehog, the fossils of a tapir-like animal were also discovered. A paper on the discovery of these two ancient mammals is being published today in the Journal of Vertebrate...

2014-05-08 23:11:12

The male calf, Baku, is only the second birth of his species at the zoo. He will remain behind the scenes in the zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit while being cared for by his mother until they are comfortable enough to venture outdoors. Denver, CO (PRWEB) May 08, 2014 Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of an endangered Malayan tapir calf. The male calf, named Baku (BAH-koo), was born to mother, Rinny, and father, Benny, late in the evening on April 29, and is only the second...

2013-12-23 23:20:37

An article in the current issue of the Journal of Mammalogy reports on the discovery of a new species of tapir in the Amazon rain forest. The tapir has been considered endangered and vulnerable for much time. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) December 23, 2013 A new species of tapir, an animal considered worldwide to be endangered or vulnerable, has recently been discovered by scientists in the Amazon rain forest in parts of Brazil and Colombia. It is the first tapir discovery since 1865 and the...

Beloved Tapirs Thrive In South America’s National Parks
2013-01-23 10:02:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Lowland tapirs are strange forest and grassland-dwelling herbivores with trunk-like snouts. A group of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has documented a thriving population living in a network of remote national parks spanning the Peru-Bolivia border. WCS used a combination of camera traps and interviews with park guards and subsistence hunters to estimate the size of the population at around 14,500 tapirs in...

The Absence Of Elephants And Rhinoceroses Reduces Biodiversity In Tropical Forests
2012-05-11 08:52:07

The progressive disappearance of seed-dispersing animals like elephants and rhinoceroses puts the structural integrity and biodiversity of the tropical forest of South-East Asia at risk. With the help of Spanish researchers, an international team of experts has confirmed that not even herbivores like tapirs can replace them. "Megaherbivores act as the 'gardeners' of humid tropical forests: They are vital to forest regeneration and maintain its structure and biodiversity", as was explained...

2009-08-14 06:06:22

Several rare species in Vietnam including the white-handed gibbon and tapir face extinction because of a growing appetite for wild meat, experts say. The protection and preservation of wildlife in Vietnam should become a priority, experts told an international conference in Ninh Binh Province's Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve, the Thanh Nien News reported. Dang Huy Huynh, chairman of the Vietnam Zoology Association, said in the past poaching of wildlife met the demand of those living in...

2008-10-13 00:00:15

By Nisha Sabanayagam KUALA LUMPUR: It was only a matter of time. The gentle pangolin (Manis javanica), found in Malaysia and Thailand, is officially listed as "endangered", under threat of extinction. So, too, the Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus). Both animals are officially cited on the 2008 Red List of Threatened Species, by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All species of gibbon monkeys are now also "endangered", from "near threatened" last year. The...


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Mountain Tapir, Tapirus pinchaque
2012-05-09 11:44:29

The mountain tapir (Tapirus pinchaque), also known as the wooly tapir, is one of four species of tapir. This tapir is named after a mythical creature, called “La Pinchaque” that is thought to live in the same areas as the mountain tapir. The range of this tapir is small, including the páramo and cloud forest areas in the Eastern and Central Cordilleras mountains in Colombia, Ecuador, and the far north of Peru. It prefers to live at high elevations between 6,600 and 14,100 feet, therefore...

Malayan Tapir, Tapirus indicus
2012-05-09 08:28:16

The Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus) is the only tapir native to Asia. It is also known as the Asian tapir. This tapir can be called "cipan", "tenuk" or "badak tampong" in the Malay language. Its range once included Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand, but as with all tapirs, the Malayan tapir is endangered. Animals do not usually hunt these tapirs, although some attacks from tigers have been reported. Human actions such as hunting and habitat destruction are...

Baird’s Tapir, Tapirus bairdii
2012-05-09 08:23:13

Baird’s Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) is native to Central America and northern areas of South America. It is among three species of tapir that is native to Latin America. Baird’s tapir was named after Spencer Fullerton Baird, an American naturalist who observed the creatures in 1843 on a trip to Mexico, even though W. T. White, another American naturalist, made the first documentation of the tapir. Commonly known as danta by people throughout its range, this tapir has been given other...

South American Tapir, Tapirus terrestris
2012-05-08 08:05:28

The South American Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) is also known as the lowland tapir or the Brazilian tapir. It is one of four species of tapir and is the second largest land mammal in South America. This tapir can be found living near a water source in River Basin east of the Andes and the Amazon Rainforest. Its northern range includes Venezuela, Columbia, and the Guianas, extending south to Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. The western range of the South American tapir includes Bolivia, Peru,...

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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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