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Corcovado National Park is home to a sizable population of the endangered Baird’s Tapir or Danta (as named in Costa Rica). In the photo, taken by our guide, Alex Arias you may appreciate one on Costa Rica’s largest land mammals, the Baird’s Tapir. This herbivorous mammal, varies between types, but most tapirs are about 2 m (7 ft) long, stand about 1 m (3 ft) high at the shoulder, and weigh between 150 and 300 kg (330 and 700 lb). The natural lifespan of a tapir is approximately 25 to 30 years, both in the wild and in zoos. Apart from mothers and their young offspring, tapirs lead almost exclusively solitary lives. The Baird’s Tapir Project of Costa Rica is the longest ongoing tapir project in the world, having started in 1994. It involves placing radio collars on tapirs in Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park to study their social systems and habitat preferences.

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