Tacoma's only Malayan Tapir died from a bacterial infection Wednesday morning at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the zoo said.
Kelang, 19, became sick suddenly this week, head veterinarian Karen Wolf said.
The animal weighed almost 1,000 pounds.
She came to Tacoma from Woodland Park Zoo in November to live in the Asian Forest Sanctuary exhibit, after Point Defiance euthanized geriatric tapir Jambi in August 2012.
Jambi came to Tacoma from the National Zoo in Washington D.C., and at age 27, near the end of the lifespan for the animals, he had been suffering from congestive heart failure and respiratory problems.
General Zoo curator Karen Goodrowe Beck said the zoo plans to get another tapir in the long run, but that it could be some time before that happens, because there are so few of the animals in zoos.
The endangered species is native to Southern Burma, the Malay Peninsula, Southeast Thailand and Sumatra.
Goodrowe Beck said the zoo may add other species to the exhibit.