A picture of a Malayan Tapir.

Malayan Tapir

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The Malayan tapir is an Asian species of the tapir family while most other tapirs live in the Americas.

A picture of a Malayan Tapir.

A Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus) living in the Toronto Zoo.

Tapirs are distant relatives of the horse — that is they are also in the order of Perissodactyla (One-toed ungulates) like horses — even though tapirs somehow manage to look more like some sort of cross between a pig and an elephant. Tapirs have a prehensile proboscis (long nose). The Malayan tapir has an especially long and flexible nose.

Further Readings:

Malayan tapir on the Toronto Zoo web site.
Malayan tapir on Wikipedia.

Last updated: July 3, 2014

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