The Malayan tapir, also known by the names Asian tapir, Asiatic tapir, and Indian tapir, is an endangered species of tapir with a population of less than 2,500 mature individuals. As a result of hunting and habitat loss, the number of Malayan tapirs on earth has been halved over the past decades. This is why the birth of Rony at the Chester Zoo is worth celebrating.
Rony weighed 11.2 pounds when he was born. His parents are named Margery and Betong, and he was born after 391 days of pregnancy. The manager of the zoo states that Margery is such a great mother to Rony.
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Malayan tapirs are native to Southeast Asia from the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra. These creatures are generally identified by the light-colored patch that’s visible from their shoulders to hindquarters. Their body, apart from the white-colored tips of their ears, is covered in black. This pattern of colors on their bodies aids in camouflage, making it harder for others to recognize them. They usually grow up to a length between 1.8 and 2.5 m and a height between 90 and 110 cm. Their stubby tail is 5 to 10 cm long. Their usual weight ranges between 250 and 320 kg. Although the eyesight of Malayan tapirs is poor, their hearing and smelling abilities are excellent. As
Malayan tapirs were added to the Red List by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Therefore, it’s our duty to protect them. So, if you find this story interesting, check out the pictures below and share your thoughts with us in the comments.