Tapir Conservation TED talk by Pati Medici

December 16, 2015  

Although the tapir is one of the world’s largest land mammals, the lives of these solitary, nocturnal creatures have remained a mystery. Known as “the living fossil,” the very same tapir that roams the forests and grasslands of South America today arrived on the evolutionary scene more than 5 million years ago. But threats from poachers, deforestation and pollution, especially in quickly industrializing Brazil, threaten this longevity. In this insightful talk, conservation biologist, tapir expert and TED Fellow PatrĂ­cia Medici shares her work with these amazing animals and challenges us with a question: Do we want to be responsible for their extinction?