We will be celebrating World Tapir Day on Saturday 30th April 2016.
Visitors to the zoo will learn about the Brazilian Tapirs, native to South America, with special morning and afternoon Zoo Keeper talks which will include information about their characteristics, feeding habits and breeding. There will also be a quiz where children can find clues about Tapirs and will be in with a chance of winning a cuddly toy Tapir.
Top five facts about Tapirs
1) Their closest relatives are the other odd-toed ungulates, which include horses, donkeys, zebras and rhinoceri
2) Tapirs are largely nocturnal
3) They like to swim and often sink to the bottom, they can remain submerged to stay cool or to avoid predators, using its trunk as a snorkel for breathing
4) Both the Brazilian tapir and the Malayan tapir are classed as vulnerable
5) The natural lifespan of a Tapir in the wild or in a zoo is 25 to 30 years old
Head Zoo Keeper, Imogen White says: “Our Brazilian Tapirs are very interesting mammals and we are very lucky to have two Tapirs at Amazona, Ennis and Lutador. World Tapir Day gives us an opportunity to recognise the importance of the conservation of Tapirs which are classed as vulnerable.”
The talks and entry into the Tapir quiz are free, normal entry applies.
For more information visit www.amazonazoo.co.uk, call 01263 510741 or follow @AmazonaZoo on Twitter and AmazonaZoo on Facebook.
Plan your visit: Opening times
Amazona Zoo is open daily from 10am to 5pm until 30th October, last admissions 4pm.
From 31st October the zoo is open from 10am to 3.30pm, last admissions 3pm.
The Jungle Cafe is open daily from 10.30am.
Jungle Tumbles is open daily from 10am to 5pm from April (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.)
Admission costs: £11.50 for adults, £10.00 for seniors and £8.50 for children (aged 4-16).
Membership ticket: £35.00
Amazona Zoo’s mission statement is to work with all conservationists and other zoos towards the goal of full protection of all wild species and their wild homes.
The zoo has not taken any animals from the wild into care. Primarily the animals on view are from the good breeding results of affiliated zoos. The collection at Amazona will be used to support research in the field and to develop knowledge of the animals and their habitats.
Amazona Zoo is the main sponsor of a programme of research into the life of the Titicaca River Frog, an extraordinary amphibian from the lake of Titicaca. The frog is an important food source for local people and its decline is demonstrating that the whole local environment is being degraded.