Tapirs love bananas. They also eat other fruit and plants. They are related to horses and rhinoceroses. They make squeaking and chirping noises. They swim very well and love water. They have not changed much in 20 million years. A tapir can move its nose in all directions, smelling. It has 4 toes on each front foot, 3 on each back foot. A tapir can out-maneuver a dog. They can climb over steep hills, logs and fences. They can crash thorough the jungle like a tank. They run to water when hunted or scared. They bulldoze tunnels in jungle undergrowth. Tapirs are often hunted by humans. Tapirs can live about 30 years. Tapirs may be solitary or live in small family groups. Baby tapirs stay with their mothers about two years. Nobody knows if tapirs mate for life. Mountain tapirs have the longest hair, about one inch. Tapirs have very tough skin, like hard leather. A tapir pulls food into its mouth with its flexible nose. Man is by far the tapir's worst enemy. Much of the tapirs' habitat has been destroyed. It takes 13 months to make one baby tapir. ALL SPECIES OF TAPIR ARE ENDANGERED.