Also called the Asian or Indian tapir. A monotypic genus within the tapir family, Tapiridae. Tapirs are primitive large mammals most closely related to horses and rhinos. The stripes and spots on the vulnerable babies help them blend into the dappled sunlight and leaf shadows of the forest and protects them from predators. This flexible extended nose is used for plucking leaves and shoots from trees as well as sniffing their way along forest trails.
Main Characteristics Malayan Tapirs are the largest species of tapir and the only one to be found in Asia. They have a body length between 1. Their short, sparse hair is black in colour and they have a distinctive white "saddle" over their back and rump. This colouration helps them to stay hidden in their shady habitat. Their ears are large and are coloured white on the rims, they have small eyes and a large proboscis.
Tapir , genus Tapirus , any of five species of hoofed mammals , the only extant members of the family Tapiridae order Perissodactyla , found in tropical forests of Malaysia and the New World. Heavy-bodied and rather short-legged, tapirs are 1. The eyes are small, the ears are short and rounded, and the snout extends into a short fleshy proboscis, or trunk, that hangs down over the upper lip.
These rare mammals are often confused with hippos, pigs or anteaters, but their closest living relatives are actually rhinos and horses. Not only can they wiggle their nose, but they can use it to grab leaves when foraging. When swimming, they can use it as a snorkle!