Kopiro - Our Mascot
Kopiro is a Malayan Tapir. The name Kopiro is a combination of ‘Kopi O’ and ‘Tapir’. Kopiro loves to travel and explore new places. He is vegan and loves 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 were only found in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, and Sumatra Island Indonesia). Tapirs were known as walking fossils as it has not evolved for 3 million years. There are traces of Tapir found in Perak and it is 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 Peninsular Malaysia), Tapir is classified as endangered wildlife as the number of Tapirs left in Peninsular Malaysia are about 1000 – 1500. Tourism Perak hopes to build awareness and urge the public to join hands on the protection and conservation of tapirs in Malaysia.