The timid creatures of the Amazon

What are these pony-sized, piglike funny-looking animals? Should we be afraid of them or are they going to run away from us?

Mathias Tobler, a member of the Tapir Specialist Group is currently working in the Peruvian Amazon with the Andes to Amazon Biodiversity Programme. Focusing mainly on plants and mammals, their on-the-ground research is contributing to the conservation of tapirs and other species in the region. He tells WildTalk why  tapirs are so important for maintaining the balance of ecosystems and what they're like..

Tapirs are the bigest herbivores in the Peruvian Amazon Photo: Mathias Tobler
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