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Baird's Tapir Plastic Replica 3 1/2 inches long - F3400 B155

Baird's Tapir Plastic Replica 3 1/2 inches long - F3400 B155

Our Plastic Baird's Tapir What a happy day it was when we learned about this strikingly realistic-looking plastic Baird's tapir miniature made by CollectA. This manufacturer of realistic plastic animals went out of their way to make one of the few truly fine collectible tapir replicas ever. This is the first Baird's tapir plastic figurine we have had in the store, and it is a delight to be able to share it. This adult Central American tapir is made of durable, slightly flexible plastic that will serve well as a collectors's item or a toy. It is also the perfect size for a rainforest diorama for a school project or museum display. The lifelike details are perfect, down to the four toes on each front foot and three toes on each rear foot. The markings, too, are very true to life. This replica has sculpted fur and an attractive, realistic pose with one forefoot raised and the tapir's nose sniffing for something good to eat. The tapir figure is 3 1/2 inches long and stands 2 1/4 inches tall. Check out our other tapir collectibles, toys, and gifts. Baird's Tapir Facts In the tropical forests and marshlands of Central America and northern South America there live individuals and small, family groups of quiet, mysterious creatures. Mostly nocturnal, they love to swim and eat their way through the forest, creating a zig zag trail in their wake. Imagine you're hiking through the jungle at dusk, and you spot something large up ahead. Squinting, you try to make it out. It's a giant pig! It's a hippo! It's a weird pygmy elephant? Nope, it's a Baird's tapir (Tapirus bairdii)! The largest land mammal in Central America, the Baird's tapir can reach up to 6.6 feet in length and weigh between 330 and 880 lbs. They are related to both the horse and the rhino and are considered "living fossils" because their basic design has barely changed over the past 35 million years. Although they are the national animal of Belize, Baird's tapirs are not all that well-known. Being largely nocturnal and shy, they like to keep out of the public eye. As an endangered species, there also aren't that many of them to be seen. It is estimated that there are fewer than 5,000 Baird's tapirs left in the wild. They may have diet that consists of "rabbit food": twigs, leaves, fruit, and aquatic vegetation, but Baird's tapirs are tough animals. Their sheer size is a deterrent against most predators. The only things that dare take them on are American crocodiles and jaguars, and even though it's illegal to do so in Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, humans sometimes hunt them as well. But the crocs, jaguars, and people don't always win. The tapirs sometimes survive, and have been known to chase people as well as bite and gore them. The one thing tapirs cannot defend themselves against is loss of habitat. Along with hunting, deforestation is killing off the Baird's tapir population. Remember the Lorax who said, "I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees, for trees have no tongues. And I'm asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs. Oh please do not cut down another one"? He wasn't only speaking for the trees; he was also speaking for animals around the world, just like the Baird's tapir.

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