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Location and Habitat
Malayan tapirs are located in southeast Asia, in countries such as Thailand and Burma. They can also be found on the island of Sumatra. Malayan tapirs inhabit the forests and tropical rainforests of these countries, and often will remain near sources of water such as streams or rivers.
Malayan tapirs feed on grasses, fruits, leaves, aquatic vegetation, and twigs.
Size and Description
At first glance Malayan tapirs may resemble large pigs. They are, however, more closely related to zebras, donkeys, horses and
rhinoceros. All of these animals fall into the order Perissodactyla, or odd-toed ungulates (ungulates meaning "having hooves").
Malayan tapirs are considered odd-toed ungulates because they have 3 toes on their hind feet.
Female Malayan tapirs' gestation or pregnancy periods will last about 13 - 13.5 months. They will most often give birth to one offspring. This slow reproductive cycle means that Malayan tapirs are more sensitive to habitat loss because they cannot adapt as quickly.
Malayan tapirs are threatened due to habitat loss.
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|Kingdom: Phylum: Class: Order: Family: Genus: Species:||Animalia Chordata Mammalia Perissodactyla Tapiridae Tapirus indicus|