Anta

antaAnta (Tapirus terrestris) is the Brazilian Tapir (from the tupi tapi’ira), the largest wild land animal in South America. It is dark brown in color and has a low, erect mane running from the crown down the back of the neck. The Anta can attain a body length of 2.5 m and 270 kg in weight. Antas can be found near water in the Amazon, Cerrado and Pantanal biomes. The species are excellent swimmers and divers but also moves quickly on land, even over rugged, mountainous terrain. The species has a life span of approximately 25 to 30 years. It is a herbivore. Using its mobile snout, this Anta feeds on leaves, buds, shoots, and small branches that it tears from trees, fruit, grasses, and aquatic plants. They mate every month.