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The Lowland tapir occurs through a wide geographic range from North-Central
Colombia and east of the Andes throughout most of tropical South America.
It occurs mostly in tropical lowland rainforest but can also be found in
seasonally dry habitats such as the Chaco of Bolivia and Paraguay.
The major threats to the species are habitat loss due to deforestation,
hunting for meat and competition with domestic livestock.
The Lowland tapir is distinct in appearance from other tapirs due to
its large stiff mane or crest from shoulder to forehead.
It is the size of a small pony and when running, resembles the galloping of a horse.
They possess large teeth, perfect for grinding up plants and seeds,
and a prehensile proboscis or snout, which they use to reach for leaves and fruits.
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