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Descended from a long and ancient lineage, tapirs are important tropical forest seed dispersers. However, all species are threatened to various degrees by habitat destruction and hunting. Written for wildlife biologists, ecologists, administrators, educators and local conservation officials in countries with tapir populations, its objective is to aid in their conservation by catalyzing conservation action. Providing a brief natural history of each species, it is additionally hoped that the contents of the Plan will stimulate further research into this fascinating group of animals.Large amounts offruit were eaten by Bairda#39;s tapir ( Tupirus bairdii) during the dry season in a northwestern Costa Rican ... for and includes a significant amount of fruit in its diet, remains being present in all but one of the dung samples he examined. ... Downer 1996), but bitter-tasting fruits like the wild nutmeg Virola oleijera, the laurel Ocotea (a#39;ai/turinea#39;nsis (adapted to ... Another category of fruits eaten by tapirs are the ones ingested with forage (Janzen 1983a, Malo and Suarez 1995).

Author:Daniel M. Brooks, Richard E. Bodmer, Sharon Matola
Publisher:IUCN - 1997-01-01


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