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Transreal Tapirs!

April 27th 2008 was the first World Tapir Day.

Photos of the zoo’s tapirs that we took that day are on my Flickr page, or there’s a post about them on Semaphore for Ducks.

More importantly, especially for the tapirs, Transreal Fiction took the plunge and sponsored the zoo’s tapirs!

Tapir Sponsorship

The zoo is actively engaged in tapir conservation projects although the Transreal sponsorship is really meant to help towards the upkeep of the Edinburgh ones… The picture is of my first annual certificate but the sponsorship is still in place.

Raffles, the shop tapir, is very pleased!


  1. Good one! A few years back there was this huge tapir trapped inside a well next to my house in Muar, Johor, Malaysia. It was relocated to Malacca Zoo and last I heard that it died a few weeks after the transfer.

    They need love.

    Comment by Shya | November 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for your comment, Shya. Sorry to hear about the tapir down the well!
    The Malayan Tapirs here are still doing well. :-)Here are some pictures of them in my Flickr photostream.

    Comment by transrealfiction | November 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. Great to hear about the Tapir sponsoship!

    You might be interested to know about a comedy novel I am writing at present, located on an imaginary island in Ireland; one of the imaginary places which feature in it is TAPIR WORLD Wildlife Park, where one of the characters works. You can see more on the following Facebook page (Paste the link into browser if it doesent work properly:

    See Arbour Island at:

    I think Tapirs are great animals; not as glamorous as monkeys, tigers, elephants, etc, but just as essential to protect them as part of an unspoiled ecosystem where they live in the wild!

    Comment by Dan J. Kahn | September 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. Yes, World Tapir Day commits the funds it raises to habitat conservation that will benefit all the ecosystem, not only the tapirs living in it!
    And I visited FOTA years ago when I was down in Cork, but they had no tapirs!

    Comment by transrealfiction | September 20, 2010 | Reply

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