Saturday, August 23, 2008

Baird's tapir born at Summit Zoo, Panama, July 5, 2008

On July 14, 2008, friend and tapir fan, Alex Cardenas, sent this clipping from his trip home to Panama. He wrote: "While in Panama, I saw this article in a local newspaper, about a baby tapir "BAYANO," born in Panama's Summit Zoo on 5 July. . . . "Bayano" is also the name of a large river in Panama, and it was the name of a black slave who escaped from the Spaniards in Panama and led a revolt against them back in Colonial times."

Welcome, Bayano, and thanks so much for sending this, Alex! I enjoyed learning the historical background of the name, too.

Click on the article for a bigger image.

~ Sheryl

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