Start off your Friday with some good and adorable news. ZooTampa announced today that they welcomed an endangered calf. The birth of the endangered Malayan tapir (pronounced TEY-per) calf happened during the overnight hours between Monday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 27. ZooTampa is extremely happy to report that both calf and mom “Ubi” are doing well and are thriving. Keep scrolling to see the photos of the adorable endangered calf.

The baby calf, with a distinctive coat featuring both spots and stripes, is busy bonding and nursing alongside the experienced mother, 18-year-old Ubi. Malayan tapir is related to both the horse and the rhinoceros.

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ZooTampa does so much for conservation and restoration efforts. They paired momma “Ubi” with 13-year-old Albert as part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP). This plan is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the survival of protected, threatened, and endangered species. ZooTampa currently participates in more than 100 SSP programs.

Chris Massaro, Senior VP of Zoological Operations, said “Malayan tapirs are endangered, and any addition is a significant conservation achievement. Our goal is that when guests see these amazing animals they will connect with them in ways that inspire action to save the world’s endangered wildlife”. Researchers estimate that only 2,500 tapirs remain scattered in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Their population has declined because of deforestation for agricultural purposes, flooding caused by dam building for hydroelectric projects, and illegal trade.

The calf is yet to be named. In the past, ZooTampa has held a voting process for some of their newly welcomed animals. What would you name this adorable Malayan tapir?

Check Out The Adorable Photos of ZooTampa’s Endangered Malayan Tapir Calf

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