The mountain giant


Until now, the Colombian Tapir Conservation initiative (CTC) has managed to gather about 370 records of the Mountain Tapir ( Tapirus pinchaque ) In colombia; These records indicate that the species is only distributed in the Central Cordillera between 1484 and 4009 meters. To date, there is no true evidence of the presence of the species in the Eastern and Western mountain ranges.

In the Central mountain range, the Mountain Danta is distributed from the middle part of said mountain range (in the surroundings of the Los Nevados National Natural Park), towards the south with limits with the equator. There appears to be a local extinction of the species in the extreme north of the Cordillera Central.

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In Colombia the Mountain Tapir is distributed in ten departments; Therefore, at the regional level, it presents ten environmental authorities that have an impact on the Mountain Tapir throughout its distribution (Table 1).

Table 1. Regional environmental departments and authorities with presence of the Mountain Tapir in Colombia.

Departament Regional Environmental Authorities
Acronym Denomination
Caldas CORPOCALDAS Corporación Autónoma Regional de Caldas
Risaralda CARDER Corporación Autónoma Regional de Risaralda
Quindío CRQ Corporación Autónoma Regional del Quindío
Tolima CORTOLIMA Corporación Autónoma Regional del Tolima
Valle del Cauca CVC Corporación Autónoma Regional del Valle del Cauca
Huila CAM Corporación Autónoma Regional del Alto Magdalena
Cauca CRC Corporación Autónoma Regional del Cauca
Nariño CORPONARIÑO Corporación Autónoma Regional de Nariño
Putumayo CORPOAMAZONÍA Corporación para el desarrollo sostenible del sur de la Amazonía