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The coolest animal you know nothing about ... and how we can save it | Patrícia Medici | TED

Although the tapir is one of the world's largest land mammals, the lives
of these solitary, nocturnal creatures have remained a mystery.
Known
as "the living fossil," the very same tapir that roams the forests and
grasslands of South America today arrived on the evolutionary scene more
than 5 million years ago. Today, threats from poachers, deforestation
and pollution, especially in quickly industrializing Brazil, threaten
this longevity. In this insightful talk, conservation biologist, tapir
expert and TED Fellow Patrícia Medici shares her work with these amazing
animals and challenges us with a question: Do we want to be responsible
for their extinction?

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