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South American Habitats at Naples Zoo Now Open for a Unique Experience

Baird’s Tapir. COURTESY PHOTOS

Naples Zoo announced the opening of two recent South American habitats. These charming recent habitats will transport guests to the grasslands and rainforests of South America, where they may encounter several recent species including the Tik-Tok famous capybaras and a 400-pound Baird’s tapir.

Along with these remarkable creatures, the brand new South American habitats house quite a lot of other recent species, including a toco toucan, a Southern screamer (large bird), and a coatimundi. The Zoo’s long-time residents, the enormous anteater, cotton-top tamarins, red-footed tortoises, and the macaws, also now call the brand new space home. These recent habitats bring the sights and sounds of this diverse region to life. The brand new space was designed to be an immersive and academic experience for guests of all ages.

Quick facts on each recent species:

Baird’s Tapir, Conservation status: Endangered

Baird’s tapirs are the biggest of the three species of tapirs native to South America. Tapirs are improbable swimmers. They’ve 4 toes on their front feet and three toes on their rear feet. Tapirs are related to horses and rhinoceros.

From left, Capybara, Coatimundi, and Southern Screamer

Capybara, Conservation status: Least concern

Capybaras are the world’s largest rodent. They stick together in groups along waterways throughout most of South America. They use the toilet within the water to avoid being tracked by jaguars. They will run as fast

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