Baby Tapir Naming Contest
DEADLINE TO GIVE: Jan 31, 2018
Our baby Baird’s tapir needs a name and YOU can help! Opportunities to show your support for your favorite name will run through January 31. The name with the most funds raised will be the winner! Scroll down and choose your favorite today!
Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo rang in the ZOO Year with the birth of a Baird’s tapir calf on New Year’s Day. The female calf was born at 3:06 p.m. to Milton, a 28-year-old male, and Abby, a 13-year-old female. Zoo New England is committed to tapir conservation, participating in the Baird’s Tapir Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is a cooperative, inter-zoo program coordinated nationally through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). ZNE participates in SSPs to help ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, most of which are threatened or endangered, and enhance conservation of these species in the wild.
And, now YOU have the opportunity to make a difference too!
For a minimum donation of $5, you can not only help name the female Baird’s tapir calf at Franklin Park Zoo, but you will also be helping to protect these animals in the wild. All funds raised will directly support Global Wildlife Conservation's (GWC) Nicaragua Tapir Project. GWC helps lead a Baird’s Tapir GPS telemetry project in Nicaragua’s Indio Maíz Biological Reserve to improve understanding of the species’ home-range size, abundance and land and resource requirements, as well as works with a number of partners, NGOs and indigenous communities, on a sustainable ranger program within Indio Maiz.
Thank you for your support and for helping to ensure a bright future for Baird’s tapirs!
About the Baird's Tapir
Baird’s tapirs – the largest land mammal found in South America – face a number of threats to their survival including habitat destruction due to logging and clearing of land for agriculture and development, as well as being hunted for food and sport. In addition to humans, jaguars are the only other significant threat to this animals’ survival in the wild.