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This image was sent to us by Patrícia Medici, who works with tapirs in the Pontal do Paranapanema in western Brazil. Her project focuses on the use of tapirs to discover which corridors are used by the animals to travel from one isolated fragment to another. Increasingly, protecting corridors between fragments of habitat may be the best conservation solution in devastated areas. The largest green area in the center of the photo is Morro do Diabo State park, which is home to a few hundred tapirs. They leave the park and use fragements for some of their food and mineral needs, then return to the park. Discovering and protecting these avenues of travel is crucial.
All tapirs are endangered species.
Saving tapirs helps save the rainforest.
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