Conservation Research Projects

The following projects have been undertaken by Tapir Specialist Group field researchers and other experts, to better understand tapir biology and how to save them in the wild.



The Influence of Large Herbivores on Neotropical Forests: El Rey National Park, Salta, Argentina
Silvia C. Chalukian

Implementation of the Action Plan for the Conservation of Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) in Argentina: Assessing the Conservation Status and Population Monitoring in the Northwest
Soledad de Bustos & Silvia C. Chalukian


Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative: Pantanal Tapir Program, Brazil
Patrícia Medici

Influence of Large Herbivores on the Atlantic Forest of Morro do Diabo State Park, São Paulo State, Brazil
Patrícia Medici

Conservation of Tapirus terrestris Populations in the State of
Espírito Santo, Brazil
Andressa Gatti, Danielle de Oliveira Moreira, Luana Centoducatte & João Luiz Rossi Junior

Home Range, Habitat Use, Movement Patterns and Diet of Tapirs (Tapirus terrestris) in the Brazilian Cerrado
Edsel Amorim Moraes Junior

The Biogeography of Tapirus terrestris in the Atlantic Forest Biome, Brazil
Kevin Flesher

Linking Landscape to Molecules: Genetic as a Tool in the Study of Lowland Tapir Populations in Brazil
Alexandra Sanches, Cristiane Garcia Pellizon, Carolina da Silva Carvalho, Tamissa Gabrielle Godoi, Paola Mandetta Tokumoto & Mauro Galetti Rodrigues

Biodiversity Dynamics and Land-Use Changes in the Amazon: Multi-Scale Interactions between Ecological Systems and Resource-Use Decisions by Indigenous Peoples
José M. V. Fragoso


Participative Camera Trapping at La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (La Guajira), Macizo Colombiano (Huila), Parque Amacayacu (Amazonas) and Serranía del Darien (Chocó), Colombia
Jaime Andrés Cabrera


Tayja-Saruta Project: Conservation of Tapirus terrestris in Ecuador
Ute Magiera


Ecology and Population Dynamics of the Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) in French Guiana
Cécile Richard-Hansen, Mathias Tobler & Fabrice Hibert

Lowland Tapir Conservation in French Guiana
Benoit de Thoisy & Cécile Richard-Hansen



Demystifying the Cloud Forest: The Baird’s Tapir Project of the Northern Talamanca Mountains
Alec Hutchinson


Baird’s Tapir Habitat Changes in Guatemala and the Mayan Forest
Manolo García, Fernando Castillo & Raquel Leonardo

Baird’s Tapir: The Guardian of the Mayan Forest
Manolo García, Marcial García, Gaudencio Vitzil & Luis Rodas

Long-Term Baird’s Tapir Monitoring at Aguadas: The Hearth of the Mayan Forest
Manolo García


Fragmentation and Migration in Baird’s Tapir (Tapirus bairdii)
Niall McCann


Anticipated Effects of Climate Change on Endangered Fauna Highly Dependent of Water Resources in the South of the Yucatan Peninsula
Sophie Calmé, Georgina O’Farrill, Rafael Reyna, Anton Selmon & Nuria Torrescano

Consequences of the Anthropogenic Loss of Herbivorous Mammals for the Rain Forest Plant Diversity and Regeneration
Rodolfo Dirzo & Eduardo Mendoza Ramírez

Population Size and Habitat Use of the Endangered Species Tapirus bairdii in the Biosphere Reserve El Triunfo, Chiapas, Mexico
Eduardo Mendoza Ramírez, Miguel Martinez-Ramos & Juan Paulo Carbajal Borges


Baird’s Tapir Project, Nicaragua
Christopher A. Jordan



Monitoring Malay Tapir Population in Fragmented Lowland Forest in a West Sumatran Landscape
Wilson Novarino


The Malayan Tapir Conservation Project
Carl Traeholt & Bengt Holst


A Preliminary Study of Habitat Selection, Abundance, and Threats for Malay Tapirs in the Tenasserim Hills, Southern Myanmar
Antony Lynam & Than Myint



Ecology and Conservation of Mountain Tapirs in the Central Andes of Colombia
Diego J. Lizcano


Conservation Status of the Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) in the Eastern Slopes of the Central Andes in Ecuador (PCTA)
Andrés Tapia

Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) Conservation Program in the Influence Areas at Cayambe-Coca National Park and Antisana
Ecological Reserve, Ecuador
Mauricio Ortega-Andrade, Armando Castellanos, Patricio Meza, Fabiola Carvajal, Víctor López, Andrés Montalvo & Verónica Díaz

Monitoring and Analysis of the Viability of the Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) Populations in Three Sites in the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve, Eastern Ecuadorian Andes
Carlos Armando Urgilés Verdugo


Creation of Cerro Negro Mountain Tapir Nature Sanctuary, Peru
Craig C. Downer


Reproductive Biology of the Tapir
Budhan Pukazhenthi, Janine Brown, Luis Padilla & Oris Sanjur