Fota Wildlife Park needs your help naming new baby tapir
Fota Wildlife Park in Cork has welcomed a new baby tapir and wants the public’s help in naming the little guy.
The male Brazilian tapir was born three weeks ago, and is the first tapir to be born in the park for almost a decade.
Fota are hoping the naming competition will increase interest in the tapirs, whose population is declining in the wild due to the destruction of its habitat and widespread hunting in its native Brazil.
“We are delighted with the birth of this little tapir calf that seems very active already in the few days he has been outside,” said Stephen Ryan, the Head of Marketing at Fota Wildlife Park.
“We know the public love suggesting names for the animals and we are sure they will come up with another great name following on from the suggestions of ROG the cheetah, Shay Gibbon, Zedward the zebra and Fada the giraffe in the past.”
The little calf has already become a favourite at the park due to his striking coat of pale spots and stripes.
A relative of the primate horse and Rhinoceros, the Brazilian Tapir is one of four species of Tapir in the world, and, largely, lives in the rainforests of South America.
The name Tapir comes from the Brazilian word for ‘thick’, which is a reference to its tough skin.
The public can suggest a name for the Tapir calf via the park's website and the winning suggestion will win a behind-the-scenes visit with the Head Warden at the wildlife park.