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  Tapir Specialist Group News Archive 2006

October 31, 2006: Tapirs Featured in New Jeffrey Masson Book

Altruistic Armadillos, Zenlike Zebras: A Menagerie of 100 Favorite Animals, featuring a chapter on tapirs
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 the USA and Europe at Amazon.com.

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 Magazine
Terra Gente magazine and Liana John, journalist

Renowned Brazilian journalist Liana John scribes an article on tapirs in Brazilian nature magazine and Globo television programme Terra da Gente. Download the article (2.5Mb PDF) or link to the site to see more.

2006 Title
December 30, 2006 Article on Singapore's Night Safari, which features several tapirs. Links to BruneiDirect.com
December 19-23, 2006 Interview with Dr. Pierre-Michel Forget: Time is running out for French Guiana's rainforests. Extensive article on deforestation and mining in French Guiana (both link to Mongabay.com).
December 14, 2006 Barre 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 Tuscon Weekly "(Apocalypto) begins with something never before seen in a movie: a chase sequence shot from the viewpoint of a tapir."
December 11, 2006 Archeological dig contest, The Tapir Challenge, invites amateur fossil enthusiasts to help excavate dig in Florida (links to Florida Today).
December 9, 2006 Miami Herald review of Apocalypto, mentions the memorable tapir delicacy consumed near the beginning of the movie.
December 8, 2006 New 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 Female tapir killed on highway, Malaysia. Tragic consequence of animal displacement from its habitat. (Links to New Straight Times)
December, 2006 Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet, by David McLimans features the mountain tapir as its featured animal for the letter T.
November 24, 2006 Memphis Commercial Appeal "Pick Your Must-see Movie" describes Apocalypto and generously quotes Tapir Specialist Group website's interview about Scooter the tapir!
November 15, 2006 Sculptures, including a tapir, used to educate blind about animals at the Sedgewick County Zoo, Kansas, USA. (Links to Witchita Eagle)
November 14, 2006 "Land 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 "Duo 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 Author Jeffrey Masson and Ballentine Books announce the publication of Altruistic 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 "Mel Gibson Reveals his Apocalypto". Mentions tapirs a few times. (Links to Comingsoon.net)
October 24, 2006 "Tiny 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 Pembrokeshiretv.com)
October 18, 2006 "Appreciation 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 "Thousands 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 BBC.co.uk 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)
September, 2006 Launch of Tapir Specialist Group Virtual Library, a searchable database of tapir literature. http://atrium.tapirs.org/
September, 2006 Tapirs are the cover story of Brazilian nature magazine Terra da Gente, with story by Liana John, a highly regarded journalist (2.5Mb PDF download article)
September 29, 2006 "Amazon explorers discover 40 new species in a 'lost world' of rainforest" with mention of tapirs (Times Online UK)
September 13, 2006 Appeal for driver awareness after tapir is killed in highway near Hattiesville Belize
September 7, 2006 Baby tapir now on display at Milwaukee Zoo
September 6, 2006 TSG researcher Diego Lizcano in Colombia's El Tiempo
September 1, 2006 US Fish & Wildlife makes its 2007 Grants, including support for tapir research in Brazil
August 25, 2006 Tapir a subject in new book by art historian (links to New York Times)
June, 2006 Le tapir terrestre, a new childrens' book on lowland tapirs, is published in France, written by Zoo des Sables' Sandrine Silho.
May 28, 2006 Brazilian Tapir born at Bristol Zoo (links to BBC.co.uk)
May 19, 2006 Baby tapirs on Cuteoverload.com!
May, 2006 14 year old Brian Bovyar raises $450 for tapirs
May, 2006 Costa Rican Minister of the Environment Lost in Corcovado National Park for 2 days after run-in with tapir and her calf. Read more.
May, 2006: Russel E. Train Fellowship Information
April, 2006: 2006 Tapir Symposium Report
2006 Tapir Symposium Photo Album
April, 2006 National Geographic Tapir video


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