You may have noticed a tapir on some of our web pages and promotions, and you might be wondering why we chose such an intriguing animal to be our hotel mascot. Due to hunting and deforestation the Asian tapir is now classed as an endangered species, but in Southern Thailand we are lucky to have many living under protection in our national parks and wildlife reserves. We feel that this rare and fascinating creature reflects what we aim to provide at Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay - an unmistakable, rare gem of an experience that cannot be found elsewhere in the region.
What is a Tapir?
The Tapir is a large and stocky animal with a large proboscis (snout). Tapirs are black in the front and rear parts of the body with a white midsection. Tapirs look somewhat like pigs, but are of a completely different genetic order, being more closely related to horses than to pigs. They communicate using high pitched squeaks and whistles and live up to 30 years of age.
The tapir is a herbivorous nonruminant and prefers young leaves and vegetation from 115 different plants.
Tapirs can mostly be found in tropical lowland and highland rainforests where there is a permanent supply of water. During the daytime they usually hide in the forests. They love the twilight and nighttime and come out of the forests then for food and water.
Did you know...?
… that tapirs not only like to swim but also let themselves sink and then walk around at the bottom of a river using their snout as a snorkel?