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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is once again home to a Malayan tapir, an original member of the Zoo's animal collection when the park opened in 1974.

With their flexible, elongated snouts, Malayan tapirs are sometimes mistaken for pigs or anteaters, but these extraordinary creatures are most closely related to horses and rhinos. Besides their protruding trunk, another eye-catching characteristic is the light-colored patch of hair that extends from the animal's shoulders to its rear on its otherwise dark body.

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