09 January 2012

Little Talia was born just after Christmas to mum Jennifer and dad Cuzco, who are part of the European Breeding Programme aimed at creating a safety net population of the species in event that they become extinct in the wild.

Tapirs are currently listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of endangered species.

They are hunted illegally and threatened by the destruction of their rainforest habitat.

Our Curator of Mammals, Tim Rowlands, said: “It is a sad fact that the Tapir is in decline in the wild but the arrival of Talia is good news for the future of the species.

“When she grows up, she will hopefully go on to play a vital role in the worldwide breeding programme and help ensure the continuation of these wonderful animals.”