The Tapir Gallery:
Focus on the
mountain tapir

Extinction: 10 years?

Estimates for the survival of the woolly mountain tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) range from about 10 to 20 years, depending on many unknown factors. These ancient denizens of the high Andes still survive in perilously small numbers in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. They are already extinct in parts of their former range. Why? The main reasons are agriculture, poaching and habitat destruction. Intense efforts are being made to save this species, vital to the well-being of the Andean ecosystem.

Links below marked with a (red arrow) indicate that the page is about or specifically includes mountain tapirs. Other links may contain general information, or information about a habitat area that includes mountain tapirs, but where the species is not mentioned.

Description and general information


Endangered species lists


Conservation and research


By country




All tapirs are endangered species.
Saving tapirs helps save the rainforest.

Photo by Sheryl Todd: Los Angeles Zoo, about 1971

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