On a world with perfect predators, the Tapirus fills the unfortunate role of being the perfect prey. It is the butt of many jokes of Hell's Gate personnel and shows up on the cafeteria menu.
The tapirus is one of the few non-aggressive creatures of Eywa. During the day, it can be found wandering the forest fringe and the plains in small groups. At night, they assemble in the jungle for protection. Although not immediately dangerous, one should always avoid harming a tapirus unnecessarily, as its shrill cries are likely to attract the attention of larger (and more dangerous) predators. The tapirus has armored plates on its back for protection.
- A group of them can be seen in the film when Dr. Grace Augustine is visiting the Omaticaya Hometree after Jake Sully managed to get her the permission to do so.