Also known as the Central American tapir is an animal species that is mostly seen in Mexico, Central America and northwestern South America. The species has been named after the American naturalist Spencer Fullerton Baird who travelled to Mexico and observe animals in 1843x, however, the Baird Tapir has been documented by another American naturalist, W. T. White. It is named the largest land mammal in Central America.
The closest relative of the species is actually rhinos and also it is believed that they share the last ancestor around 50 million years ago. Currently, we have 5 species of Tapir exist in the genus Tapirus and the only genus in the family Tapiridae. The species has been characterized by the long and fleshy nose just like a shortened version of an elephant’s trunk.