There are four species of Tapir, one in Asia and three in Latin America.
Tapirs are related to horses and rhinos; like them they are vegetarian. They also have a mini, elephant-like, flexible trunk.
The BRAZILIAN TAPIR, Tapir terrestris, also called the South American or Lowland Tapir, is native to the forests of South America,
not only Brazil but also most of northern South America excluding the Andes and far northwest but including northern Argentina and Paraguay.
It can be greyish, reddish, dark brown or black. All tapirs have white-tipped ears.
The MOUNTAIN TAPIR (not shown) is similar but with longer fur.
All baby tapirs are brown with stripes and spots.
The largest land mammal in South America, BAIRD'S TAPIR, Tapir bairdii, is 4 feet tall at the shoulder and 6-7 feet long. It is native to Central America and the northwest corner of South America.
It has a longer snout than the similar-looking Brazilian Tapir. Like other Tapirs, it is solitary (excluding mothers with offspring) and like other lowland Tapirs, it is mainly crepuscular/nocturnal.