Malayan Tapir Skull Replica measures 17 inches. Malayan Tapir Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. Cast of an original California Academy of Sciences specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull replica can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
Malayan tapir or Tapirus indicus, also called the Asian tapir, is the largest of the five species of tapir and the only one native to Asia. The scientific name refers to the East Indies, the species’ natural habitat. In the Malay language, the tapir is commonly referred to as cipan, tenuk or badak tampung.
The Malayan tapir or Tapirus indicus is easily identified by its markings, most notably the light-colored patch that extends from its shoulders to its rear end. The rest of its hair is black, except for the tips of its ears, which, as with other tapirs, are rimmed with white.
This pattern is for camouflage; the disrupted coloration makes it more difficult to recognize it as a Malayan tapir or Tapirus indicus, and other animals may mistake it for a large rock rather than prey when it is lying down to sleep.
Malayan tapir or Tapirus indicus are primarily solitary creatures, marking out large tracts of land as their territory, though these areas usually overlap with those of other individuals. Tapirs mark out their territories by spraying urine on plants, and they often follow distinct paths, which they have bulldozed through the undergrowth.
Exclusively herbivorous, the Malayan tapir or Tapirus indicus forages for the tender shoots and leaves of more than 115 species of plants, moving slowly through the forest and pausing often to eat and note the scents left behind by other tapirs in the area.
When threatened or frightened, the Malayan tapir or Tapirus indicus can run quickly, despite its considerable bulk, and can also defend itself with its strong jaws and sharp teeth.