La Vallée de la Source
The Tapir, Anteaters and Capybaras
Close to the horse and the rhinoceros families, this large herbivore (more than 250 kg) lives in forests and marshy areas because it particularly likes water : it is therefore an excellent swimmer.
It has a kind of small trunk which it uses to catch the vegetation on which it feeds in great quantities.
Especially at night, because it prefers to rest when it’s hot.
Its eyesight is poor but it has, on the other hand, very developed senses of hearing and smell.
Its predators are the big cats, particularly the jaguar… but also man, who hunts it for its thick leather from which one can make strong straps and whips, for example.
The female, larger, gives birth to only one seldom two offspring, which she suckles for a whole year.
In Pairi Daiza, you can observe 3 Tapirs :
The Giant Anteater
The Giant Anteater has his natural habitat in south- and central-America. With a length up to 2m, he is by far the biggest of his specie. Anteaters are insectivore and thus only eat ants and termites. He digs them up with his big claws and uses his long sticky tongue (60cm) to collect them. The giant anteater is an endangered specie.
The Capybara is with his average of 1,20m and 35kg to 65kg, the world's biggest rodent. Capybaras are found in south-America. They live in groups made of three to four males, six to eight females and all of their potential offspring. Capybaras love to take a swim or rol in the mud. But safety first! There will always be an adult on dry land to keep an eye on the little ones!
The Tapir, Anteaters and Capybaras in image
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