Kopiro - Our Mascot
Kopiro is a Malayan Tapir from Perak. The name Kopiro is a combination of ‘Kopi O’ and ‘Tapir’. Kopiro loves to travel and explore new places. He is vegan and love to drink Kopi O. He needs at least 5 cups of ‘Kopi O’ a day.
He is chosen as the mascot for Tourism Perak in 2018. Kopiro birthdate falls on 27 April 2018, which is also World Tapir Day. Kopiro hopes that everyone will take care of the environment and his cousins and be responsible travelers!
Fun Facts on the Malayan Tapir
In the Malay language, the tapir is commonly known as cipan, tenuk or badak tampung. The Malayan tapir (Tapirus Indicus) is one of the bigger species found in the Southeast Asia Region. The black and white Asian tapir where only found in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Peninsula Malaysia and Sumatra Island Indonesia). Tapir were known as the walking fossils as it didn’t evolve since 3 million years ago. There are traces of Tapir found is Perak and it even depicted in the Neolithic age cave painting in Gua Tambun.
According to the report from Jabatan PERHILITAN Semenanjung Malaysia (Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsula Malaysia), Tapir is one of the endangered wildlife as the amount of Tapir left in Peninsula Malaysia are about 1000 – 1500. Tourism Perak hope to build awareness and urge the public to join hands on the protection and conservation of tapir in Malaysia.