When Ydra, a female South American Tapir at the Netherlands’ Artis Zoo, was restless and refused her food last week, zoo keepers knew it wouldn’t be long before she delivered her calf. Sure enough, on April 10, a male calf was born and Ydra licked him clean as he lay beside her on the straw.
Named Alexandro, the calf is the first offspring for Ydra and her mate Carlo. Though Alexandro was delivered breech (feet first), he was healthy and strong. At just one week old, he moved into the zoo’s mixed-species exhibit with Llamas, Maras, Capybaras, and Giant Anteaters.
South American Tapirs, also known as Brazilian Tapirs, are native to Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and Paraguay, where they feed on leaves and fruits in the Amazon rain forest. The brown-and-white speckled coat of Tapir calves provides camouflage in the dense forest. These Tapirs are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Alexandro’s birth is a significant contribution to the European breeding program for this species.
See more photos of Alexandro below the fold.