Conservation Connection: Baird’s Tapir
Friday, February 16, 2018
4:30 pm — 6:30 pm
Did you know that Baird’s tapirs can use their snout as a snorkel? It’s true!
Their flexible snout is prehensile which means it can curl up for air as they submerge in water and wrap around branches to pull off leaves. Although these animals are fun to watch, they are currently listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
We will begin this event with a Happy Hour from 4:30pm -5:30pm. Enjoy light snacks, chat with the tapir Zoo Keepers and watch as Iibu, the newest addition to Reid Park Zoo, explores his habitat with his mom, Tessa.
After, join us in the Conservation Learning Center at 5:30pm as Adam Ramsey, a Zoo Area Supervisor, shares the latest information from the international Tapir Specialist Group Conference, updates us on the tapir’s conservation status and explains what efforts are being done around the world to protect this species and how we can help.
$20 per person
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Reid Park Zoo conservation funds. This includes the Baird’s Tapir Project.
4:30pm-5:30pm – Happy Hour with a cash bar and light snacks.
5:30pm-6:30pm – Presentation from Adam Ramsey, Zoo Area Supervisor
Limited reservations available.