In Nicaragua, a fight to save endangered tapirs
04 / 09 / 2017, Yahoo Science
The largest land mammals in Central America, the brown, pig-like animals with sloping snouts came into the world in captivity, in an enclosure a short distance from the country's Masaya Volcano, under a scheme to save their endangered species. "Here, they're well fed," said Eduardo Sacasa, a wildlife expert who runs the reproductive program. Human encroachment and climate change have decimated the woodland habitat of the Baird's tapir, one of five species left in the world, and, along with human and feline predators, have helped wipe out 16 other tapir species.