Ashford animal park pins nose on a tapir at fun weekend - Photo

Contributed by editor on Apr 23, 2012 - 04:56 PM

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Ashford will host a weekend of all things tapir, from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April, to celebrate World Tapir Day.

Visitors will be able to join with the keepers to learn all about these unusual animals, the threats they face in the wild and what can be done to help save them from extinction.

Adrian Harland, Animal Director said: ‘It will be a really fun weekend with lots of activities including guess the name of the tapir teddy, pin the nose on the tapir, educational talks and the opportunity to meet our tapirs.’

Port Lympne is home to a group of eight Malayan tapirs and as part of the activities, visitors will be able to meet the group and the two newest members – Kejutan and Manado, both of whom were born at the park in the last few months.


Malaysian Tapirs at Port Lympne  Photo : © Dave Rolfe


Malayan tapirs are described as endangered on the IUCN Red List - habitat destruction and hunting has caused a decline in their numbers. There are around 200 tapirs in collections around the world. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is heavily involved in captive breeding programmes to ensure the survival of the species and with 10 successful births; the park is a prolific contributor to these schemes.

Bob Savill, Head Hoofstock Keeper said: ‘World Tapir Day is a really great way to raise awareness of the four sub species of tapir and with all the games and activities we have planned there will be plenty of tapir capers for the whole family to enjoy.’

Events will be running all weekend from 27th April and are free to enter. Tapirs can be adopted online for as little as £3.50 per month. Alternatively, visitors can take advantage of the ‘adopt in a box’ scheme, which includes a cuddly tapir and can be purchased from the gift shop at the park.

For information regarding entry fees, adoptions and opening times please visit

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