Riverbanks Zoo Welcomes "Snooty" New Resident

11:13 AM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- When the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden opened in 1974, Malayan tapirs were a part of the Zoo's collection.

Once again the Zoo is home to a Malayan tapir, named Daniella. 

Sometimes mistaken for other animals like pigs or anteaters, Malayan tapirs have elongated snouts, a light-colored band of hair extending from shoulders to its rear.

According to the Zoo, Malayan tapirs live up to 30 years, and can grow to as much as 700 pounds.

"We are excited to bring this unique species back to Riverbanks," said John Davis, curator of mammals at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. "We hope that Zoo guests will enjoy learning about Daniella and all tapirs in general."

Daniella can be seen on exhibit daily near the Zoo's Galapagos tortoise yard.

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