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The Belize Zoo has video of their new tapir calf. Talk about cute! National Tapir Day will be celebrated this Saturday at the Belize Zoo, and you can vote for the name of the new calf.

"We are so excited to share this very special video with all our "watermelon" fans! Here is a sneak peak of the tapir calf with proud mama, Navidad. You can meet the whole tapir family in person this Saturday April 28th during National Tapir Day celebrations at the Zoo! There will plenty of games, animal encounters, and special surprises, including the big reveal for our naming poll for the tapir calf. It's going to be "mountain cow mania" at the Zoo from 10am-3pm!

Special thanks to The Belize Tapir Project for collaborating on this awesome video."

The Belize Zoo - World Tapir Day

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Awwwwww.... Soooooo very cute... Time for another trip to the Belize Zoo.... smile

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We join wildlife lovers across the world today in recognizing one of the most amazing megafauna to ever trundle across the earth: the tapir!

There are 4 species of tapir globally, and Belize's National Animal, the Central American Tapir, is the largest land mammal in our region!

Tomorrow, Saturday 28th, we will be bringing festivities home with National Tapir Day at the Zoo from 10am to 3pm.

Activities will be on-going throughout the day, and will include:

  • Distribution of "Tenuk the tapir" children's book
  • First ever public appearance of TBZ's baby tapir, and announcement of his name
  • Interactive wildlife encounters
  • Crowning of "Miss Belize" the Tapir Day mascot
  • Creole drumming
  • Face-painting, games, and many more surprises for the whole family!

Join us tomorrow for "mountain cow mania!"
(Photo courtesy: Celso Poot)

Several Maya cave sites showed evidence of tapirs being sacrificed. Crystal Cave and Actun Uayazba Kab in western Belize both have tapir remains along with ceramic offerings to the gods. These creatures were associated with the underworld since they are nocturnal. Happy Tapir day!

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Tapir Crossing - Janiel helps to bring awareness

The San Ignacio Resort Hotel has created a little story to increase awareness about the tapir crossings in the Burrell Boom area. There are some cute photos, taken by Celso Poot, of the new baby tapir at the Belize Zoo.

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Navidad and Sparks sharing the traditional Tapir Day cake.

"Sparks" of Joy for Tapir Day

The Belize Zoo had their Tapir Day celebration over the weekend. They named the new baby 'Sparks,' and it fits perfectly.

"We had a blast with lots of tapir themed fun, and, of course, the big reveal of the unbelievably enchanting baby tapir: SPARKS! At just three weeks old, and now weighing an impressive 30 pounds, little Sparks boldly follows mamma Navidad around inspecting every inch of his home, and does not shy away from his many fans.

If you wonder why "Sparks" was offered as a name, it is because Dad tapir, "Fuego", is Spanish for fire. And fires, of course, give off "Sparks". We all love that name entry, and little Sparks is quickly learning that this is his "calling card" here at the Zoo.

The Central American tapir is an Endangered species. Very few of these important large herbivores remain within their geographic range; Belize is one of their last strongholds in this region. Tapirs are critical in keeping tropical forests in a healthy state. Increased forest habitat destruction and vehicle collisions threaten their remaining populations. It is the hope of The Belize Zoo that, by highlighting "Sparks" and our other members of "Tapir Town", a growing appreciation and awareness will serve to see that our special National Animal will always be present in Belize, and proudly expressed in healthy populations.

We'd like to thank all our visitors that came out on Saturday to celebrate National Tapir Day with us."

"Are we related?"

"Drums not Guns" from La Democracia Village provided superb Creole drumming presentations to keep guests moving and shaking around the Zoo.

Our hardworking Tapir Day volunteer team. They ensured all activities went off without a hitch, and even took extra care "testing out" the bouncy house for safety.

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