The tapir is the national animal of Belize. While it looks like a pig, it is a relative of the horse and the rhinoceros. The tapir’s most noticeable feature is its nose – which resembles that of an anteater. They are able to wiggle their nose, as well as use it to grab leaves while foraging. Tapirs are also agile in the water and when swimming, their nose functions as a snorkel.
Tapirs are found in Central America, as well as South America and Southeast Asia. As a result of deforestation and poaching, they are endangered and are protected in Belize and around the world.
The fact that Copal Tree Distillery doesn’t use pesticides or chemical fertilizers is helping protect the food source for these unique yet loveable creatures.