Corcovado - Baird's tapir (Costa Rica)
The Baird's tapir (tapirus bairdii) is the largest of the four Latin American species of tapir and it is the largest native land mammal in Central and South America. Baird's tapir is named for the American naturalist Spencer Fullerton Baird, who traveled to Mexico in 1843 and 'discovered' the animals. The Baird's tapir is primarily nocturnal, it leads a solitary life and has almost no natural predators. It forages for leaves and fallen fruit and usually stays close to water and enjoys swimming and wading. This tapir is in danger of extinction. We were very excited when we found one during our jungle walk in Corcovado national park in southern Costa Rica.