The lovely Debbie Ohi has informed me that today is WORLD TAPIR DAY*.

Seriously, there’s a website and everything.

If you don’t exactly know what a tapir is, let me give you the lowdown.

They look like this:

And their babies look like this:

And their noses look like this:

So basically, they’re a pig/elephant/rhino/cow looking creature that live in the jungles and forests of Southern and Central America, and Southeast Asia.

What else do you need to know about tapirs, besides the fact that they’re adorable?

  • a group of tapirs is called a ‘candle’ (I have no idea why)
  • most tapirs live for 25-30 years
  • they can use their long nose as a snorkel (it ain’t much to look at, but it’s useful as heck)

Happy World Tapir Day!


* If you’re a teacher, you can check out some tapir resources here!

2 thoughts on “World Tapir Day!”

  1. i’m sorry – it seems as though you have mistaken a character from star wars with an actual animal.

    but seriously – that baby tapir?? can we make tapir day the new easter or halloween or something?

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