The sanctuary agreed to take in the tapirs because they really had nowhere else to go, and the local government asked for the sanctuary's help in raising and rereleasing the animals. "The tapirs are pretty remarkable little animals and we're thrilled to pay a part on ensuring their release," Scott Blais, CEO of the Global Sanctuary for Elephants (GSE), which runs the sanctuary in Brazil, told The Dodo.
Tapirs - a fascinating animal related to horses and rhinos, and one which has hardly changed over tens of millions of years - are wild animals native to the region, but are too often sold illegally as pets. The little female tapir, for instance, was kept in a house and fed only cow's milk. Because of this, she had a bit of a rough start at the sanctuary.