2002 - 2018
September saw the sad passing of Malacca, the Malayan tapir.
Born in 2002, Malacca was part of the 3rd generation of tapirs, born at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve. An important female to the Reserve’s breeding group of Malayan tapirs, Malacca gave birth to two male calves – Manado and Nias, creating the fourth generation of this species, to be born at Port Lympne.
Manado is now at Nuremburg zoo, as part of the European breeding programme designed to save the species, whilst Nias – also part of the breeding programme, remains at Port Lympne with his female partner, Queenie.
A favourite with her keepers and visitors alike, Malacca was a kind, caring and patient animal, even though she was sometimes a little cheeky! She was always curious about what was going on around her and loved nothing more than exploring her large paddocks.
Every keeper who worked with her couldn’t help but be drawn to her inquisitive behaviour and calm persona. She was a beautiful tapir, who touched the lives of all who met her.
She will be sorely missed by all at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve
Former Deputy Head of Hoofstock at Port Lympne