Threats to Their Survival
The major threats to the species are habitat loss due to deforestation, hunting for meat and competition with domestic livestock.
Population Estimate (2008): There is not enough research information available to estimate population. We do know that due to habitat loss population numbers are in decline, though numerous strongholds exist. The lowland tapir, although generally rare and elusive, can be locally common, such as around water sources.
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Illustration generously provided by Stephen Nash, Conservation International