The Tapir is related to the horse and rhinoceros. The Brazilian or Lowland Tapir is nearly always found close to water and is a good swimmer.
TAPIR WEEKEND AT THE HEADS OF AYR FARM PARK
28th - 29th APRIL 2012
Our Tapir is called Troy, he came to us from Noah's Ark Zoo in Bristol where he was a bit of a celebrity. His first birthday party was shown live via webcam and he even had his own Facebook page. Thanks to the internet Troy is one of the best known Tapirs in the world!
The 27th April every year is World Tapir Day www.tapirday.org. World Tapir Day has been established to raise awareness about the four species of Tapir that inhabit Central and South America and South-East Asia. There are four known species of Tapir today, all of which are classed as endangered. The biggest threats to the wild Tapirs survival are encroachment by humans, habitat destruction and hunting.
If you are visiting the Park on the weekend following World Tapir Day (Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April) we will be doing special Tapir keeper talks end events throughout the day to raise funds for the World Land Trust Ecuador Rainforest Project and increase awareness of these important animals.
Our new Tapir Helen will also be getting introduced to our visitors and both Farm Park Tapirs will be celebrating their birthdays with a special Tapir cake! There will also be the opportunity to win a 'Tickle the Tapir' experience where you will have a chance to meet Troy and Helen!
Troy and Helen are looking forward to meeting you over the Tapir weekend!