Friday, May 2, 2008

The Endangered, Beautiful, Unusual Tapir

The tapir is a very strange and beautiful looking animal that has intrigued me for years. When I was young, I remember seeing a television commercial for the Bronx Zoo; a very odd looking animal appeared in the commercial. I remember it looking like a smallish elephant with little ears and a muted trunk. Last year, I was perusing National Geographic's website and came across this unique animal once again. I was able to learn more about the origins and endangered status of the tapir. There are four kinds, each native to a different region of the world.

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