The wildlife park announced that the Tapir was born on February 27th to parents Maya and father Basil, bringing the total of Tapirs to six. The female calf has two brothers and a sister, Thiago, Pablo and Sophia.
Speaking about the welcomed addition to the Tapir family, lead Ranger Aidan Rafferty said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the birth of this Brazilian tapir which is part of the European Endangered species Programme (EEP).
"Right now, the calf has a lovely reddish-brown coat with stripes and spots which in the wild would help her blend in with the dappling effect of the sunlight through the leaves of the forest canopy – thus evading predators like the jaguar.”
“The calf is settling in really well and is just content in following her mother around all day and they spend a lot of time calling back and forth to each other - although Basil, her father has been completely unimpressed about the birth and is paying very little attention to her. Her mother Maya and father Basil are the principal breeding pair here at Fota and came to the Park from Lodz Zoo in Poland and from Curraghs Wildlife Park on the Isle of Man respectively.”
Fota Wildlife Park are now giving the public a chance to name the newborn Tapir, with the winner receiving a conservation annual pass to the park. To submit a suggestion, you can do so by visiting