Skip to Main Contents

Malayan Tapir

Papercraft kit : The Malayan Tapir who is rumored to eat your bad dreams.

Rare Animals of the World

Return to index

The Malayan tapir, distinguished by its contrasting black-and-white body, is the largest of the four sub-species of tapir inhabiting the world. The Malayan tapir is currently classified as “Endangered [EN]” in the Red List.

Assembly instructions for the Paper Craft Model of the Malayan tapir that is traditionally believed to eat people's nightmares, may be downloaded from this website. A photo image of a completed model may be downloaded as well.

Download - Parts sheet & InstructionsThis data was released in June, 2001.

Malayan Tapir - Animal Guide

  • Malayan Tapir - Tapiridae
  • Tapirus indicus
  • Length: 180 to 250cm (approximately 72 to 120 in.) / Weight: 250 to 300kg (approximately 550 to 660 lb.) / Tail Length: 5 to 10cm (approximately 2 to 4 in.)
  • 2016 Edition of the RED LIST categories : Endangered [EN]

Of the four tapir sub-species inhabiting the world (the Malayan tapir, Baird tapir, mountain tapir and Brazilian tapir), the Malayan tapir is the largest, reaching 2 meters or more in length (approximately 80 in. or more) and weighing more than 250 kilograms (approximately 550lb. or more). The Malayan tapir, the only sub-species living in Asia, is characterized by its contrasting, black-and-white body. The tapir's bulky body and short tail give the animal a very humorous appearance. Its long, flexible proboscis joined to its upper lip is similar in structure to that of the elephant.
The Malayan tapir is a nocturnal animal becoming active after dark. The species feeds on leaves, sprouts and water grasses by skillfully employing its proboscis.
The species generally lives alone or with its young. The female tapir gives birth after a 13-month pregnancy. The newborn animal has vertical stripes on its body, which it loses after six months.
In Asian countries, the tapir was long believed to eat people's nightmares. In Thailand, the creature was considered to be a sacred animal that the Buddha rode on. There is even a legend that the white part of the creature's waist is the mark of the saddle that the Buddha used.

Habitat

The Malayan tapir inhabits the forests of the Malay Peninsula, Myanmar, Southern Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Sumatra Island. Being a good swimmer, the species prefers to be around water such as lakes and rivers. The species has decreased in number mainly due to drastic deforestation for land projects. The number of individuals is not currently confirmed. Although the species is under protection, it is still in danger of extinction.

Habitat range: The Malay Peninsula, Myanmar, Southern Thailand, etc.

About Red List

The Red List is the material prepared by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) classifying various threatened wild animals of the world and reporting their present habitat status.

The List evaluates the extinction risk level of each individual species from a biological viewpoint, but it possesses no legal power to enforce regulations concerning threatened species. The Red List is broadly employed as fundamental information in advancing the preservation of threatened wild animals.

Referring to the original Red List, the Environment Agency of Japan has compiled the Japanese edition of the List listing threatened taxa inhabiting Japan.

2016 Edition of the RED LIST CATEGORIES and classified as follows:
Extinct EX No known individuals remaining.
Extinct in the Wild EW Known only to survive in captivity, or as a naturalized population outside its historic range.
Critically Endangered CR Extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
Endangered EN High risk of extinction in the wild.
Vulnerable VU High risk of endangerment in the wild.
Near Threatened NT Likely to become endangered in the near future.
Least Concern LC Lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at-risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
Data Deficient DD Not enough data to make an assessment of its risk of extinction.
Back to
Top