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Belize Zoo celebrates World Tapir Day

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2018. 7:44 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:World Tapir day is celebrated every year on April 27 and this year, the Belize Zoo is joining the celebration by honoring the tapirs, the largest mammals in the Central American region.

Today, wildlife lovers and tapir fans will gather at the Belize Zoo to salute the tapirs which are also known as the “mountain cows”. The tapirs are also the country’s national animals.

There are four recognized species of tapirs and it is the Baird’s tapirs that are found in Central and South America.

World Tapir Day was established in 2008 and since its’ founding, the organization has supported the Belize Zoo.

Starting at 10 am today, the Belize Zoo is inviting the public for a National Tapir Day festivities.

Activities include the distribution of the children’s book – “Tenuk the tapir,” and the first ever appearance of a baby tapir and the announcement of his name.

Attendees can also expect exciting and interactive wildlife encounters and the crowning of the “Miss Belize”, tapir day mascot.

The World Tapir Day organization says that all tapir species face the threat of extinction and saving tapirs helps to save rainforests and other habitats.

Happy World Tapir Day Belize!

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