About the Tapir Specialist Group

The Tapir Specialist Group is a unit of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. We conserve biological diversity by stimulating, developing, and executing practical programs to study, save, restore, and manage the four species of tapir and their remaining habitats in Central and South America and Southeast Asia.

Our strategies:

a.) Frequent review, status determination and publicizing of tapirs and their needs

b.) Promoting and supporting research and distributing materials

c.) Promoting the implementation of conservation and management programs by appropriate organizations and governments

d.) Establishing strong and effective relationships among tapir conservationists to stimulate communication and cooperation

Tapir Specialist Group and Its Partners

The IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG) is a scientific organization founded in 1980 as one of the 120 Specialist Groups of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC).

The TSG and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Tapir Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), the main organizers of the Second International Tapir Symposium, together with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) Tapir Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) and the Tapir Preservation Fund (TPF), are the key groups working on developing and implementing tapir research, conservation and management programs. An important aspect of the mission of these four groups is to contribute to the development of a coordinated international conservation strategy for tapirs.

Who Is TSG?

TSG has over 140 members, including field researchers, educators, veterinarians, governmental agencies and NGO representatives, zoo personnel, university professors and students, from 28 countries worldwide (Argentina, Australia, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela). All members are directly or indirectly involved in tapir field research and/or captive breeding in their respective regions. Over fifty percent of our members hail from developing countries.

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TSG operates on a 100% volunteer basis. None of our members are paid by TSG for their tireless work on behalf of tapirs. In 2003 we established the Tapir Specialist Group Conservation Fund to raise funds to support the implementation of the recommendations of the IUCN/SSC Tapir Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. The fund supports such activities such as creating educational and marketing materials for in-situ and ex-situ education initiatives, giving small grants to tapir researchers to sustain their projects, and supporting vital meetings such as the International Tapir Symposiums where tapir researchers can come together in person to share information, strategize and plan for tapir conservation.

Tapir Specialist Group Conservation Fund

To help fund our work, donations are coordinated by our U.S. institutional sponsor, the Houston Zoo. We are grateful to the Houston Zoo, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, for sponsoring our non-profit fund.

Find out more about donating to the Tapir Specialist Group

International Tapir Symposium – A Vital Connection Among Tapir Researchers

The First International Tapir Symposium was held in November 2001, in Costa Rica, and attracted 95 participants from 22 countries, proving to be a major boost for tapir conservation. Never before has there been so many tapir experts and conservationists, key players in the development of tapir conservation programs, assembled under one roof to share knowledge and address the challenges ahead for tapir species. Specific topics discussed during the First Symposium were field research, veterinary issues, population management, husbandry, fundraising, marketing, education, and tapir bio-politics.

At the First Symposium, we developed a list of goals and actions for the future, related to the structure of the TSG, communication, fundraising, and the urgent need to review the first edition of the IUCN/SSC Tapir Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan (1997). Several different task forces were formed and assigned specific responsibilities, and since then, the TSG has been growing stronger and improving its structure and effectiveness in many different ways.

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Who has a long nose, can swim fast and lives in 21 different regions? The lowland tapir! For the past 25 years, Patricia Medici has dedicated her life to protecting these “gardeners of the forests.” At this year’s #NatGeoFest, she took to the stage to inspire others to fall in love with this amazing animal.

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Caros amigos, gostaríamos de anunciar a todos que o CURRÍCULO EDUCACIONAL produzido pelo IUCN SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG) em 2017 – TAPIR TRACKS – tem agora sua versão em Português – TRILHA DAS ANTAS!!! Temos agora uma super ferramenta para trabalhar nossos programas de educação ambiental voltados para a conservação das antas e seus habitats remanescentes! O currículo estará disponível online no website do TSG em breve! Interessados em ter a versão em Português podem também entrar em contato conosco via e-mail: epmedici@uol.com.br ... See MoreSee Less

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Colombia harbors all three tapir species known in Latin America and is thus the country with the highest number of tapir species in the world. Historically, Colombia has had a strong tapir research community that has produced valuable data to inform general conservation plans and priorities. Nonetheless, there have been no long-term, stable tapir conservation programs in the country.

Considering the complex socio-political situation that the country has faced for the last 50 years, the recent signing of a peace process opens new and interesting opportunities, and also challenges, for tapir conservation in the country. The peace agreement opened vast areas of the territory for scientific studies but also many new fronts for agricultural expansion, which will require solid scientific baseline data for its appropriate management and conservation planning.

Given the need for solid scientific research and the articulation of multiple stakeholders, the IUCN SCC Tapir Specialist Group and ProCAT Colombia - with the support from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Conservation Center for Tropical Ungulates, Fundación Orinoquia Biodiversa, Global Wildlife Conservation, Houston Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and University of Minnesota - joined efforts to expand tapir conservation efforts in Colombia.

JOB TITLE: TSG Colombia Coordinator

ROLE DESCRIPTION: The TSG Colombia Coordinator will oversee all aspects of the development and implementation of a comprehensive, long-term effort to ensure the survival of Colombia's three tapir species. The primary role of the coordinator will be to provide national partners and personnel from field projects with the capacity building and institutional support needed to ensure the sustainability and impact of their tapir conservation programs. A secondary role will be to facilitate communication between tapir conservationists and institutions in Colombia and ensure that the country's efforts to conserve tapirs are integrated and monitored to: 1.) assess their contributions to the IUCN SSC Tapir Specialist Group Species' Action Plans and the Programa Nacional de la Conservación del Género Tapirus en Colombia, and 2.) facilitate collaborations between projects when appropriate to avoid duplicating efforts. This role will require close collaboration with national and international partners. In addition to these main responsibilities, the TSG Colombia Coordinator will collaborate closely with the IUCN SSC Tapir Specialist Group on the development of a mountain tapir working group tentatively called the Mountain Tapir Survival Alliance.

1) Design, establish and manage a Colombia Tapir Conservation Initiative;
2) Develop a Colombia Tapir Conservation Initiative 5-year strategic plan;
3) Oversight of all IUCN SSC Tapir Specialist Group activities within Colombia;
4) Assist colombian tapir conservationists with: 1- the development and implementation of appropriate research and conservation efforts that align with the Colombia Tapir Conservation Initiative 5-year strategic plan; 2- career planning; 3- Financial planning and fundraising related capacity building efforts to help ensure the sustainability of tapir conservation programs within Colombia;
5) Manage partnerships and collaborations in Colombia and internationally;
6) Assist with the establishment and coordination of a Mountain Tapir Survival Alliance including a network of conservationists from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru;
7) Raise funds for the position salary and operation costs (second year).

1) Complete review and revision of the Colombia Tapir Conservation Action Plan published in 2004;
2) Compile summary data on all past and current tapir programs, knowledge and gaps in Colombia and determine status for all species, of each project, publications, personnel involved, existing partnerships and collaborations;
3) Draft 5-year strategic plan for the Colombia Tapir Conservation Initiative;
4) Design and implement business model and fundraising strategy for Colombia Tapir Conservation Initiative;
5) Support the National Parks of Colombia Mountain Tapir Strategic Plan;
6) Design tapir conservation leadership strategy to build the capacity of tapir conservationists in Colombia;
7) Work with the IUCN SSC Tapir Specialist Group on the organization of a Mountain Tapir Survival Alliance Summit.

PROFILE: Professional degree (BSc) in biology, ecology or related science; graduate studies in conservation biology, wildlife ecology or similar (MSc and/or PhD) desirable; at least 10 years of experience on wildlife ecology and conservation in Colombia, with specific experience on project design and management, fundraising, networking and communication, conservation policy and institutional relationships; FLUENT in English.

HOST ORGANIZATION and SALARY: The position will be based in Bogotá, Colombia, but travelling will be expected both within and outside the country. Professional will be hosted within and contracted by ProCAT Colombia. Reporting will include host organizations (IUCN SSC Tapir Specialist Group and ProCAT Colombia) and collaborators (institutional and financial support). Salary will be competitive. We have funding for first year (salary + operation costs) and professional will be required to raise funds for annual budget for subsequent years.



STEP 1 – DOCUMENTS to be submitted: CV, cover letter, TWO (2) letters of recommendation – all documents must be submitted in English – E-MAIL to Patrícia Medici (epmedici@uol.com.br) – DEADLINE: 1 JULY, 2019.

STEP 2 – A certain number of applicants will be selected for INTERVIEWS through Skype.

Applicants will be informed of final results in the 1st week of AUGUST.

The selected applicant will be hired from SEPTEMBER 1st.
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