Threatened species of Tapirus indicus

Other Names:
Threatened species of Malayan tapir
Endangered species of Asian tapir
Cipan under threat
Tenuk under threat
Badak tampung under threat
Endangered species of Indian tapir
Threatened species of Piebald tapir
Endangered species of Oriental tapir
Threatened species of Asiatic tapir

The Malayan tapir was once found throughout the tropical lowland rainforests of Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, and Vietnam. However, its numbers have decreased in recent years, and today, like all tapirs, it is in danger of extinction.  The main threat to the Malayan tapirs is human activity, including deforestation for agricultural purposes, flooding caused by the damming of rivers for hydroelectric projects, and illegal trade.


In Thailand, for instance, capture and sale of a young tapir may be worth US$5500.00.

In areas such as Sumatra, where the population is predominantly Muslim, tapirs are seldom hunted for food, as their physical similarity to pigs has made tapir meat a taboo, but in some regions they are hunted for sport or shot accidentally when mistaken for other animals.

Protected status in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, which seeks to curb deliberate killing of tapirs but does not address the issue of habitat loss, has had limited effect in reviving or maintaining the population.

Broader Problems:
Threatened species of Tapirus
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
24.09.2020 – 00:52 CEST