Tapir Specialist Group is a global group of biologists, zoo
professionals, researchers and advocates dedicated to conserving
tapirs and their habitat through strategic action-planning
in countries where tapirs live, information sharing, and through educational
outreach that shows the importance of the tapir to local ecosystems
and to the world at large.
Tapir Specialist Group News Archive
31, 2006: Tapirs Featured in New Jeffrey Masson Book
Jeffrey Masson, author of over 20 books including
Why Elephants Weep, dedicates a whole chapter to tapirs in
his new book Altruistic Armadillos, Zenlike Zebras: A Menagerie
of 100 Favorite Animals. Masson consulted closely with TSG to
write his chapter and used one of our photo
collection photos. The book is available for ordering both in
A special thank you to TSG's Jeff Flocken of U.S. Fish & Wildlife
for initiating the conversation with Jeffrey Masson and encouraging
him to include tapirs in his book.
September 24, 2006:
Tapir Cover Story in Brazilian Nature
Brazilian journalist Liana John scribes an article on tapirs in Brazilian
nature magazine and Globo television programme Terra da Gente.
the article (2.5Mb PDF) or link
to the site to see more.
|December 30, 2006
on Singapore's Night Safari, which features several tapirs.
Links to BruneiDirect.com
with Dr. Pierre-Michel Forget: Time is running out for
French Guiana's rainforests. Extensive article on
and mining in French Guiana (both link to Mongabay.com).
|December 14, 2006
Montpelier Times Argus "Company brews up
cups of java for PBS" with beans grown in the tropical
rain forests surrounding the El Triunfo Biosphere in Mexico,
home to tapirs and other creatures.
|December 14, 2006
Weekly "(Apocalypto) begins with
something never before seen in a movie: a chase sequence
shot from the viewpoint of a tapir."
|December 11, 2006
dig contest, The
Tapir Challenge, invites amateur fossil enthusiasts
to help excavate dig in Florida (links to Florida Today).
|December 9, 2006
Herald review of Apocalypto, mentions
the memorable tapir delicacy consumed near the beginning
of the movie.
|December 8, 2006
York Times review of Apocalypto mentions
"There’s fresh tapir meat on the grill and
an old-timer telling stories by the fire...."
|December 6, 2006
tapir killed on highway, Malaysia. Tragic consequence
of animal displacement from its
habitat. (Links to New Straight Times)
Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet, by David
McLimans features the mountain tapir as its featured animal
for the letter T.
|November 24, 2006
Commercial Appeal "Pick Your Must-see Movie"
describes Apocalypto and generously quotes
Tapir Specialist Group website's interview about Scooter
|November 15, 2006
including a tapir, used to educate blind about animals
at the Sedgewick County Zoo, Kansas, USA. (Links to Witchita
|November 14, 2006
before time: An amazing nature heritage" travel
article on Malaysian Belum-Temenggor rainforest, and home
to Malayan tapirs. (Links to New Strait Times)
|November 5, 2006
plans Brazilian Program." Article describes use
of animal parts in the instruments of Amazonian indigenous
musicians. (Links to The Grand Rapids Press)
|October 31, 2006
Jeffrey Masson and Ballentine Books announce the publication
Armadillos, Zenlike Zebras: A Menagerie of 100 Favorite
Animals. The book features a chapter on tapirs,
scribed by Masson with help from TSG members.
|October 30, 2006
Gibson Reveals his Apocalypto". Mentions tapirs
a few times. (Links to Comingsoon.net)
|October 24, 2006
Tapir Appears"; Folly Farm celebrated a new arrival
this weekend, with the birth of Wales’ first Brazilian
tapir. The baby tapir was born on Friday ... (links to
|October 18, 2006
for animals motivates zoo worker" ... For me,
I train the tapir that we have on grounds.... interview
with a Zookeeper at the Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
|October 12, 2006
make pilgrimage as Venezuela unveils statue of Maria Lionza"
; the statue features the Indian goddess seated on top
of a tapir (International Herald Tribune)
|October 6, 2006
day in pictures for Oct. 6:"A
tapir baby hides between his mother's legs in the zoo
at Hanover, northern Germany." (click through
to photo number 4)
of Tapir Specialist Group Virtual Library, a searchable
database of tapir literature. http://atrium.tapirs.org/
are the cover story of Brazilian
nature magazine Terra da Gente, with story
by Liana John, a highly regarded journalist (2.5Mb PDF
|September 29, 2006
explorers discover 40 new species in a 'lost world' of
rainforest" with mention of tapirs (Times Online
|September 13, 2006
for driver awareness after tapir is killed in highway
near Hattiesville Belize
|September 7, 2006
tapir now on display at Milwaukee Zoo
|September 6, 2006
researcher Diego Lizcano in Colombia's El Tiempo
|September 1, 2006
Fish & Wildlife makes its 2007 Grants, including support
for tapir research in Brazil
|August 25, 2006
a subject in new book by art historian (links to New
tapir terrestre, a new childrens' book on lowland
tapirs, is published in France, written by Zoo des Sables'
|May 28, 2006
Tapir born at Bristol Zoo (links to BBC.co.uk)
|May 19, 2006
tapirs on Cuteoverload.com!
year old Brian Bovyar raises $450 for tapirs
Rican Minister of the Environment Lost in Corcovado National
Park for 2 days after run-in with tapir and her calf.
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