The surprising link between the tapirs of Costa Rica and climate change

New studies suggest that protecting tapirs and other large seed-eating mammals is key to preserving carbon storage in rain forests.

Esteban Brenes-Mora has been obsessed with tapirs — large, pig-like jungle dwellers — for as long as he can remember. It started with a sticker book his grandfather gave him as a child, and continued through zoo visits and into his university studies.

“I’ve always been passionate about tapirs,” he says. “When I studied biology I was aiming for tapirs, and since I graduated I’ve been looking for ways to study them.” Read more in Ensia.