Baird’s tapir is the largest indigenous mammal in Central America. It is a primitive animal that resembles the ancestor of rhinos and horses, and has changed very little in the last 35 million years. According to latest population estimates there are fewer than 5,500 tapirs remain in the wild. The species is classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List.
Esteban has trained 8 park rangers in the use of camera traps and GPS. They have been very engaged and contact Esteban when they come across injured tapirs and log GPS points. Esteban has now deployed 64 camera traps across his 300sq km study area along the Panamerican highway and has already received some fantastic images of wild tapirs.
Esteban has produced this short video documenting his project and the threats facing Baird’s tapir: