The Tapir Gallery
Stanley K. Tapir
On November 10, 1968, Robert A. Wilson and Sheryl Todd Wilson (now Sheryl Todd, of The Tapir Gallery) of the Tapir Research Institute in Claremont, California, obtained and raised a young Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris). We had him from the age of about one month or so to the age of about four and a half years, at which time we sent him to the Houston Zoo in Texas. We named him after Stanley Kubrick, whose film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, had sparked our interest in these fascinating prehistoric creatures. I'll have a lot more to say about Stanley as time goes on. In his youth, Stanley met the great Jerry Garcia in person. He also met a number of other lesser known rock stars and artists of the late '60s, and inspired a very unusual line in one song; his adventures were numerous. I have recently obtained photos taken during the time we had Stanley, and will be putting them on this web page, dedicated fondly to his memory. I still miss him.
Stanley in harness ~ more or less
Stanley K. Tapir, standing up for a grape
This photo takes awhile to load (166 Kb), but I think it's worth it. And, you can read the text while it's coming in.
Stanley has lunch with his chicken
And a story about how tapirs and chickens relate.
Walking and chewing
Which goes to prove that tapirs are more coordinated than. . . .
Stanley looked forward to visits by Barry and Candace McClintock.
Stanley's baby . . . Melon
Read about Melon in the March, 2001, TPF News and see her picture.
All tapirs are endangered species.
Saving tapirs helps save the rainforest.
Drawing at top of page © 1968 Robert A. Wilson
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