Tickle a tapir – a fun but bizarre experience

If you want an unusual animal experience or are one of those folks who just love tapirs, then this “tickle a tapir” experience is obviously the one for you. Don’t even think about it, just buy it. Lets face it, you’re not going to find anything more suitable for someone who likes tapirs.

What’s a tapir and do they like being tickled?

Well first of all, he’s a loveable rogue of a creature a bit like a pig, but with a curly snout that he can use to pull leaves from trees. You probably know all about them, but just in case you don’t you can check out a bit more detail here on Wikipedia.

They come from Brazil (though there are some in southern Asia too) and if there’s anything they love, it’s being scratched and tickled!

These are ALL the tapir experiences available at the moment, brought together in one place so you know you’re getting the best deal.

Tickle a tapir experience review

3 people stroking a tapir
Working the belly and the back

Paradise Park in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire is where you can enjoy this brilliant but bizarre animal experience. They don’t have these cute fellows just everywhere, though why that should be is beyond us.

There’s only so much I can say about this experience – here’s a rundown of the key points:

1 – you go into an enclosure with tapirs in

2 – you scratch them on their back

3 – they roll over and you can tickle and scratch their bellies

Included in the price is free entry to the wildlife park for the whole day, so you can really have a wonderful time when you’ve tickled your four-legged friend, visiting all the other animals there. ¬†As I’ve said before, we like Paradise Park as they really care for their animals, and give them the best possible life they can. And this is reflected in their keepers too, who really love their jobs and are passionate about the wildlife they look after. The keeper we had really loves the tapirs, and you can tell they love him too. ¬†Awwwwwww.

2 people in a field with a tapir
More tapir-tickling adventures

What we learnt on our tapir day

The main thing we learnt is that tapirs have a spot on their back, and if you scratch exactly at that point, it makes their legs go giddy and they have to lie down and show their bellies.

We also learnt that they’ve got really waxy hair, which helps them dry off when they come out of the water, but which gets all over your hands after 20 minutes of tickling.

Your keeper will make sure you get the most out of this fun experience, and what they don’t know about this brilliant friendly little animal isn’t worth knowing. Take a friend to record the whole event on camera or video (they’ll have to pay admission to the zoo, of course) and you’ll treasure the memories long afterwards. Or get an experience for two and they can come in as well.

One thought on “Tickle a tapir – a fun but bizarre experience

  • June 15, 2014 at

    This tickling a tapir experience is an absolutely stupid experience day. but that what makes it so good.

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