Maruja the tapir


Maruja is a South American tapir, and she arrived to our center on December 2017. Before then, she was a "pet" to an elderly local resident, who upon realizing that they wouldn't be able to properly care for her, did the right thing and contacted RAREC.

Maruja lives in a habitat custom made for her, which has a pool where she likes to swim. Maruja loves the rain, and she loves getting brushed and massaged by our volunteers. Her friendly demeanor makes her very popular with the volunteers!

Breakfast time for Maruja!
Spa time is Maruja's favorite! She gets brushed, massaged, and showered with attention.
Volunteer Eleyah Melamed from Israel, and Maruja.
Volunteer Maja Krivec from Eslovenia, and Maruja.

Maruja's diet is based on 100% leaves and fruits. She lives in semi-captivity, so she can get her own food in the RAREC plantations. We make sure to always have food for when she returns home, so the cost of maintaining her is significantly lower than when she was in rehabilitation:

Current cost: US$ 10 per week



If you want to sponsor Maruja, you can support us for one week or more, any help is very important for us. Please send us your contribution by PayPal, to, and send us a message about the resident you want to sponsored, we will send you a Donor's Certificate and keep you updated. You can also donate and name a friend or family member as the Sponsor of Maruja, as a gift.

You can contact RAREC Administrator at if you require more details about their feeding.