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Tampa welcomes unique-looking (but adorable) baby endangered Malayan tapir: See photos

The species has a fleshy nose for picking up leaves and feeding themselves, and adults are recognized by their two-tone, black and white body. ZooTampa welcomed a new baby Malayan tapir this week.

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Florida welcomed one unique-looking baby animal on Tuesday morning when an endangered Malayan tapir was born, ZooTampa announced Friday.

The Malayan tapir is an endangered species, according to the . As of 2014, there were less than 2,500 in the world.

But ZooTampa at Lowry Park added one more with the birth of a calf overnight Monday. The unnamed baby was born to mom Ubi after a 13-month pregnancy, and both are doing well.

鈥淢alayan tapirs are endangered, and any addition is a significant conservation achievement," said Chris Massaro, Senior vice president of zoologicaloOperations at ZooTampa, said in a statement. "Our goal is that when guests see these amazing animals that they will connect with them in ways that inspire action to save the world鈥檚 endangered wildlife."

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Malayan tapir calf born at the ZooTampa at Lowry Park in March 2024. Juveniles have spots and stripes for the first six months of their life.
Malayan tapir calf born at the ZooTampa at Lowry Park in March 2024.

Tapir calf hanging out with mom 'Ubi and dad 'Albert'

Mother Ubi and her Malayan tapir calf born at the ZooTampa at Lowry Park in March 2024.
13-year-old Malayan tapir named "Albert." He fathered a calf born at ZooTampa at Lowry Park in March 2024.

The Malayan tapir is the largest among the Tapir family, according to the . They have a fleshy nose for picking up leaves and feeding themselves, and adults are recognized by their two-tone, black and white body.

But this baby will keep its unique stripes and spots for the first six months.

The calf was born to Ubi, 18 years old, and dad Albert, who is 13. The two were paired as part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, according to ZooTampa.

The species faces threats from disruptions to its natural habitat in Malaysia through agriculture, development and human intrusion. ZooTampa said guests can help tapirs by buying sustainability sourced palm oil.

Malayan tapir calf born at the ZooTampa at Lowry Park in March 2024.The Malayan tapir is an endangered species.