The Central American tapir is the largest terrestrial mammal in the Neotropics and also one of the most ecologically important species. Known as “gardeners of the forest” because they disperse important seeds, tapirs are vital to forest ecosystems and thereby critical for reversing global climate change. Tapirs are largely threatened by habitat loss, poaching, road collisions, and conflict with farmers. There are fewer than 4,500 adults remaining in the wild today, and existent populations are declining globally.
Costa Rica Wildlife Foundation (CRWF), through its signature project Nai Conservation [ http://naiconservation.org], is leading tapir conservation in Costa Rica using cutting-edge research, educational outreach, and by partnering with local communities, businesses, and government to find lasting solutions for human-tapir coexistence.