Malayan tapirs are typically solitary animals with large areas of land serving as their territory. This chunk of land is marked with urine and distinct paths that are created when these mammals bulldoze through the undergrowth. Generally avid swimmers, tapirs use their aquatic abilities to escape predators but also to feed on the plants that grow there. They have poor vision, but they make up for it with their excellent hearing and smelling.
Most closely related to the horse and rhinoceros, the tapir is one of the most primitive herbivores still extant today (dating back to 20 million years ago).