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Researchers discover thriving population of lowland tapirs, Latin America’s largest land mammal

January 22, 2013

Researchers discover thriving population of lowland tapirs, Latin America’s largest land mammal

Researchers discover a thriving population of Latin America’s largest land mammal.

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society have discovered a booming population of lowland tapirs, Latin America’s largest land mammal. These forest and grassland-dwelling herbivores with trunk-like snouts were spotted making themselves at home in a network of out-of-the-way national parks along the Peru-Bolivia border.

Based on camera traps and interviews with park guards and hunters, the WCS estimates that at least 14,500 lowland tapirs live in the region. Researchers say that the population links five national parks in northwest Bolivia and southeastern Peru.

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