View photos A female tapir smells a male tapir in another enclosure at the National Zoo in Masaya, Nicaragua on August 29, 2017 (AFP Photo/INTI OCON) More

Ticuantepe (Nicaragua) (AFP) – Thirteen tapirs lounge in the bushes of Ticuantepe Zoo, in eastern Nicaragua, their bellies plump with leaves and fruit — blissfully unaware of the peril faced by their kind.

The largest land mammals in Central America, the brown, pig-like animals with sloping snouts came into the world in captivity, in an enclosure a short distance from the country’s Masaya Volcano, under a scheme to save their endangered species.

Each day they put away nine kilograms (20 pounds) of leaves, fruit and horse feed, and are regularly weighed and monitored

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