Baird’s Tapir

Tapirs' closest relatives are the horse and rhinoceros. This animal is a great swimmer and will run to water to escape predators. The Baird's tapir is the largest indigenous mammal in Central America and is the national symbol of Belize.

Central America
South America

At A Glance


Lowland rainforest, grassland, and swamps


Leaves, twigs, buds, fruits, and aquatic vegetation


Central & South America