NEW ORLEANS, La. (BRPROUD) – The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans welcomes the birth of an endangered Baird’s tapir. The male calf was birthed on July 2 by the zoo’s three-year-old Baird’s tapir named Ixchel.
“Ixchel and the new calf are doing well,” said Audubon Zoo’s Vice President and General Curator Bob Lessnau. “Our veterinary and animal care teams are keeping a close eye to ensure both mother and calf are progressing. This is the first Baird’s tapir born at Audubon Zoo, and we are very excited to share his development with the community.”
This endangered species lives in lowland forests in Central and South America. Their species have been threatened due to habitat destruction.