Malayan tapir

largest of the four species of tapir and the only one outside of Central or South America

The Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus), also called the Asian tapir, is the largest of the five species of tapir. It the only one native to Asia. This shows that the original distribution of its family was much wider, because all the other species are found in Central or South America.

Malayan Tapir
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Malayan tapir at Louisville Zoo
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Tapirus indicus
(Desmarest, 1819)
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Malayan tapir range

The scientific name refers to the East Indies, the species' natural habitat. In the Malay, the tapir is commonly referred to as "cipan", "tenuk" or "badak tampong".