How to Draw a Tapir

Tapirs may not be the most well-known animals, but they have a certain charm. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to draw a tapir step-by-step.

These animals have unique noses and stocky bodies but don’t fear, we’ll teach you how to complete the drawing successfully.

We’ll guide you through each detail to create a realistic representation of these fascinating creatures.

So grab your pencils and let’s get started on how to draw a tapir!


Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Coloring Supplies

Perfect For:

  • Kids
  • Newbies

How to Draw a Tapir

Easy Tapir Drawing for Kids – Step-by-Step Tutorial

Let’s start by outlining the tapir’s proboscis.


Next, let’s add its ears.


Add its eye by drawing a tiny circle.


Add a long curved line to form the tapir’s back.


Next, add the front foot of the tapir.


Now with a slightly curved line, outline its belly/stomach.


Now, add its back foot.


Finally, add its tail.


We’ve reached the end of this tutorial on how to draw a tapir.

Your final sketch should look like the image on the right.

Now you can add some colors to make your drawing more realistic.


💡 Did you know the tapir is related to the elephant, horses, zebras, and rhinoceroses? Crazy uh? Check the drawing tutorials of the tapir’s cousins below 👇

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About the Tapir

Tapirs are cool animals that look like a mix between a pig and an elephant. They live in tropical forests in South America and Southeast Asia and have a funny round nose that looks like a short trunk.

Tapirs are great swimmers and they love to eat fruit, leaves, and even small animals.

Tapirs are amazing animals that can be surprisingly fast and agile. They use their nose like a snorkel when they swim, and can even run up to 30 miles per hour.

They are also very good at camouflage, with their black and white stripes blending into the forest. Tapirs are also very social animals, and they enjoy playing and interacting with other tapirs.