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Baby Tapir at Fota Wildlife Park Needs a Name

Fota Wildlife Park is looking for the public to help them name their newest arrival a 3 week old male baby tapir.

The tapir is the first calf of parents Maya and Bazil but also the first birth of a Brazilian Tapir at the Cork Wildlife Park since 2006.  Maya who came from Lodz in Poland was joined by Basil from Curragh Wildlife Park in the Isle of Man back in 2012.

Speaking about the latest arrival Stephen Ryan Head of Marketing at Fota Wildlife Park said “we are delighted with the birth of this little tapir calf that seems very active already in the few days he has been outside”. The calf will also catch the public’s attention as it has a striking coat of pale spots and stripes on a reddish brown background which camouflages it in the wild.

To gain public interest in the Brazilian Tapirs whose population has been decreasing in the wild, the park has decided to run a competition to name him. “We know the public love suggesting names for the animals and we are sure they will come up with another great name following on from the suggestions of ROG the cheetah, Shay Gibbon, Zedward the zebra and Fada the giraffe in the past” said Stephen.

A relative of the primitive horse and Rhinoceros, the Brazilian Tapir is one of four species of Tapir in the world. It can weigh up to 250 kg, measure two metres in length and has a long, flexible snout that helps collect food.
The name Tapir comes from the Brazilian word for ‘thick’, which is a reference to its tough skin. The Tapir inhabits the rainforests of South America; it lives near water which it uses to escape from predators such as jaguars, pumas and anacondas.

The public can suggest a name for the Tapir calf in the box below and the winning name which will be announce on Monday 11th will win a WILD EXPERIENCE at the park where they will spend time with the parks Head Warden behind the scenes.


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