Sempurna, female Malayan tapir


Sempurna’s Debut at the Zoo on World Tapir Day

April 27, 2024 | 1 minute read

We celebrated the 2024 World Tapir Day with 22-year-old male ‘Tanuck’ and 3-year-old female ‘Sempurna’, who debuted at the zoo just in time for this special day!

Sempurna recently completed her quarantine at our Archibald Biodiversity Centre. Since arriving at her new home, she’s been busy getting acquainted with her team of dedicated caregivers, exploring every nook and cranny of the habitat, and sharing some mesh-to-mesh moments with Tanuck!

While Sempurna settles into her new surroundings, she will have access to both front and back-of-house spaces so she may not be viewable at all times. Lucky visitors may witness her exploration of the main habitat, including the water features!

Malayan tapirs are Endangered which is why we’re proud to participate in a Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding program. These efforts aim to preserve the genetic diversity of their species under human care. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this adorable duo might one day become proud parents and play a vital role in the conservation of their species!