Fine art illustration of a South American Tapir. The print is hand-signed by the artist and is guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. The reproduction of this original pen and ink drawing is done on high quality acid-free archival paper. Call 1 800-913-7906 for more information or to order by phone. Click here for shipping info.
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The South American Tapir was completed on 6/23/2009. This illustration was commissioned by a private client in Belize, and will be used for a t-shirt illustration for the National Zoo in Belize City. The drawing is a composite of a couple reference photos from my Flickr friends. This is the second tapir I've drawn, the other being the Malayan Tapir. In both cases the images were drawing with offspring, which I generally do not do.
The South American Tapir - also called the Lowland or Brazilian Tapir - is the second largest tapir on the continent, after the Baird's Tapir. They can grow to about 5.9 to 8.2 feet in length (1.8 to 2.5 m) and weigh in about 500 pounds (225 kg) These mammals inhabit jungle and forest regions, usually not far from water. They are excellent swimmers, but also move very well on land, even in rugged terrains like hills and mountains. The tapir is a herbivore. It uses its sensitive and mobile snout to get leaves, buds, shoots, and small branches that it tears from trees, fruit, grasses, and aquatic plants. It is considered endangered or vulnerable due to poaching and habitat loss.