Malayan tapir

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Malayan Tapir
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Malayan tapir (London Zoo)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Tapiridae
Genus: Tapirus
Binomial name
Tapirus indicus
(Desmarest, 1819)
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Malayan tapir range

The Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus), also called the Asian tapir, is the largest of the five species of tapir. It the only one native to Asia. This shows that the original distribution of its family was much wider, because all the other species are found in Central or South America.

The scientific name refers to the East Indies, the species' natural habitat. In the Malay, the tapir is commonly referred to as "cipan", "tenuk" or "badak tampong".