RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Camera traps in Cachoeiras de Macacu (RJ) caught the first images of a baby tapir that scientists believe was born some time in January. Tapirs were once common in Rio de Janeiro State, but were driven to extinction one hundred years ago by excessive hunting and habitat destruction.
The birth is a landmark moment for the tapir reintroduction project that has been in the works since 2012. After much planning, the first tapirs were released in Guapiaçu Ecological Reserve in late 2017 and have been closely monitored ever since with the help of radio collars . . .