Minnesota Zoo's Long Awaited Tapir Calf to Make Public Debut!
Apple Valley, MINN – July 23, 2013 –The Minnesota Zoo is excited to announce that its
long-awaited Malayan tapir (pronounced tay-purr) calf, the first born at the Zoo in more
than 20 years, will make her public debut on Thursday, August 15 at 9 a.m.
Malayan tapirs usually have a gestation period from 390-410 days; the Minnesota Zoo’s calf
was born after 419 days. Mothers usually give birth to a single calf every 2-4 years. At birth, a
calf weighs approximately 10-20 pounds. For the first 6-8 months of their life, tapir calves
resemble furry watermelons with legs. They are dark brown to black with alternating bands
of yellowish-white stripes and spots. Young tapirs grow quickly and can weigh as much as
450 pounds at one year of age and reach adult size in about 2-3 years.
In human care, the Malayan tapir is managed for breeding purposes by a Species Survival Plan® (SSP), which, through the coordinated efforts of several zoos throughout the United States, helps maintain the gene pool for the future aid of the wild population. The Minnesota Zoo currently participates in 60 SSP programs, including that of the Malayan tapir. The Zoo had four prior Malayan tapir births, the last one occurring in 1991.
The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).