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Baby tapir makes history as zoo warns over palm oil.

CHESTER Zoo's new adorable baby Malayan tapir has made history.

The rare calf, which has been revealed as a boy, arrived to proud parents Margery, seven, and Betong, six, on July 18. He is only the second baby tapir to be born at the zoo, with the species at risk of extinction.

He weighed just 5kg when he was born following a 13-monthlong pregnancy. In the past 40 years, around half of the world's Malayan tapirs have been lost, with fewer than 2,500 estimated to remain across Malaysia, Sumatra, Thailand and Myanmar.

Hunting, illegal logging and mass deforestation are being blamed for the decline in numbers.

Sarah Roffe, Chester Zoo's team manager, said: "The precious calf is another big boost for the international breeding programme, which is working to ensure the already endangered species do not become extinct.

"In the wild, the Malayan tapir population has crashed in recent times, largely due to the wide-spread conversion of their forest habitat to palm oil plantations.

"If people want to help this wonderful species then we'd urge them to demand that the palm oil contained in the products they use is from sustainable sources."

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Date:Jul 24, 2019
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