Ragunan Zoological Park, as a conversation and recreational place in Jakarta, got an additional member to the family as a new Sumatran Tapir was born. The calf was born on Friday, June 3rd, 2016, after 400 days or 13 months of gestation period. Weighing around 7,5 kilogram, the calf was born with brown hair with white stripes and spots. The female calf which was named Junitri is the fourth offspring to mom, Yatim, and father, Kentung. The mother was seen nursing her calf after 24 hours. After 2 months, the white stripes and spots started to fade and after 5 months the stripes and spots were gone.
Sumatran Tapir is endemic animal which can only be found in Sumatera Island and is in danger of extinction. Tapir is herbivorous animal which eats young leaves through the forest or near river. Tapir has a body shape like a pig, rhino-like ears and long snout like pangolin, while the groans sounds more like the sound of birds rather than mammals. Tapir is solitary animal except in mating season. They are more active during the night (nocturnal). Its foraging habit is usually done while they are moving in sedentary path. A tapir’s exploration range is very wide because they tend walk far to find a location where is rich of mineral salts.
Sumatran Tapir is endemic animal which can only be found in Sumatera Island and is in danger of extinction. Ragunan Zoological Park as an ex-situ conservation is contributing in the preservation of Sumatran Tapir.