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Baird's Tapir is distributed from Oaxaca Province in Mexico through
Central America to the western side of the Andean mountain range
in Colombia (the Darien). It occurs in rainforests, lower montane forests,
deciduous forests, flooded grasslands and marsh areas.
The major threats to the species are habitat destruction and
fragmentation and hunting throughout its range.
They primarily become active at dusk and throughout the night,
retiring to shelter of thick vegetation in the early morning.
However, they are occasionally seen throughout the day seeking
water in which to rest and cool down.
Males appear to have small home ranges (about 1 sq km)
and females range much more widely.
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