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. 

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