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Transreal Tapirs! (Now Southern Cassowaries!)

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!

Edit: May 2022:

Sadly, although my sponsorship has continued (renewed in April 2022 for another 12 months) no longer have any tapirs. The last one, the male Mowgli, left for pastures (or enclosures) new in January, I think. Raffles is no longer very pleased. Nor I!

So Transreal Fiction now sponsors the Southern Cassowaries they have.


  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.

    Indah, approx 5 months old, with mother

    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

  5. I too am a great fan of world tapir day. Last year I enjoyed a ‘keeper experience’ at our local zoo which included feeding a bucket of banana chunks to Linton’s two Brazilian tapirs. There’s a knack to it: you have to reach round the schnozz, pop a piece of banana in, and remove your fingers smartly before the large vegetarian teeth meet. The keeper and I made plenty of noise when we went in: ‘Otherwise they think you might be a jaguar sneaking up on them, this way they know it’s us.’ By the time we had run out of bananas, they were relaxed and pleased, and the female allowed me to scratch her bristly chin, half-closing her eyes with pleasure. It’s best, of course, when they can have their own jungles and lives, but I still feel privileged that these two have never had negative experiences with humans, and accepted me as one of their banana-bearing friends.

    Comment by Deb Rohan | June 28, 2014 | Reply

  6. Hi Deb, that sounds great! I still sponsor the Edinburgh Malayan tapirs but they seem to be great experts in lying down and sleeping! And, maybe because they’re much heftier than the Brazilian ones, there’s never any opportunity for keeper opportunites like you had. Maybe if I asked specifically as a life member & sponsor they might let me get closer…
    There are some cute pictures in my Flickr Tapir set, if you like:

    Comment by transrealfiction | July 1, 2014 | Reply

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