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The Baird's Tapir Project of Costa Rica

About Us is more than a fight to save a single endangered species. We are dedicated to saving the habitat in which the tapirs live in. The number one reason that the tapirs are going extinct is because they have no place left to live. Deforestation and lack of corridors between habitats limits the genetic diversity and, as a result, the chances of survival for the tapir. Saving their habitat not only benefits the tapir, but every species from microbe to monkey.

But we don't want to stop here. We want local people to be aware of the tapir and work with us to save them. To do this we are forming relationships with other non-profit organizations in Costa Rica whose main goal is education. Together we can all help save the tapir and their native habitat.

Current Projects

The Baird's tapir project was started in 1994 by Charles Foerster and is the longest ongoing tapir project in the world. It is currently led by Kendra Bauer and involves placing radio collars on tapirs in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park to study their social systems and habitat preferences. The data obtained from this project is crucial for the development of animal husbandry guidelines as well as for the understanding and conserving this endangered species. Read more...

In the Future!

The Baird's Tapir Project is currently raising money for GPS radio collars for the tapirs. The plan is to raise money for five GPS collars for tapirs in Zone 2. We are choosing these tapirs first because they are the easiest to monitor. After we get all the kinks out we will start radio collaring all twelve tapirs near the ranger station.

Latest News

Latest from Sirena

February 18, 2009

Rumors have been coming out of Sirena (biological station on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica) that the tapir project has been abandoned and that tapirs are dying because of the tight collars. It appears that these rumors are being initiated by tour guides at the park who have never been fans of collars on these animals because they worry tourists don't want to see animals with collars. The project has not been abandoned and NO tapir has died because of the ongoing research. These collars do look tight due to the shape of these animals, but the practice of radio collaring tapirs is well established.

As living organisms tapirs do die of natural causes and there is poaching happening in the park. There have been three recent deaths: two were due to natural causes and one was a result of poaching. The tapirs are doing well and I would appreciate anyone hearing about these rumors to email me and inform me who is originating them. We can not let the tapirs suffer by loss of knowledge because a few people want to see tapir without collars. If you are visiting the Osa, ask around and choose your guides carefully. Most of the guides are informed and real advocates for conservation.

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