First tapir in 100 years born in the wild in Brazil

First tapir in 100 years born in the wild in Brazil
First tapir in 100 years born in the wild in Brazil

An individual of the South American tapir with a cub was found in the forests of Rio de Janeiro.

Wild South American (or lowland) tapirs were destroyed in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro in 1914, and since 2016 a project has been underway to restore the number of these mammals to their natural habitat. To do this, Professor Fernando Fernandez from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro proposed in the Guapiachu Reserve to release up to 10 pairs of male and female tapir over the course of several years.

In 2020, for the first time in 100 years, scientists discovered a baby tapir in its natural environment. There is no information about him yet, but the coordinator of the Refauna project for restoring the number of tapirs in nature, Maron Gallies, explained to Euronews that the mother of the cub was a tapir named Eva, which was released into nature in December 2017.

Em primeira mão! Segundo vídeo da Baby Anta nascida aqui na Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu. As antas foram extintas a mais de 100 anos, devido a caça no estado do Rio de Janeiro. O @projeto_refauna vem trabalhando arduamente com a reserva neste belo trabalho de reintrodução.

- REGUA (@REGUABrasil) March 21, 2020

Females bear cubs for 13 months and can give birth to only one tapir at a time. According to scientists, the female Flora, released into nature in June 2018, is also pregnant and either has already brought offspring, or will do so in the near future. The first tapir born in Brazil in 100 years is now about 3 months old.

Recall that in the Guapiachu reserve in Rio, tapirs live under the control of camera traps and radio collars, which control each individual released into nature. In June 2021, scientists intend to bring some more special ones, so that the total of females and males of tapir is six.

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