Maruja the tapir


Maruja is a South American tapir that arrived 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 lived in a habitat custom made for her, which had a pool where she liked to swim. Maruja loves the rain, and she loved getting brushed and massaged by our volunteers. 

Tapir's diet is based on 100% leaves and fruits. When she was mature enough, she started to live in semi-captivity, so she could get her own food in the RAREC plantations, before releasing her completely. When ready she was then released locally. 

If you want to volunteer with us and be part of this experience rehabilitating and returning future rescued tapirs to the environment, you can contact RAREC Administrator at, and we will send you more details about our programs.