Visayan Warty Pigs

AnnDixon

Chester, United Kingdom

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The Visayan Warty Pig, (Sus cebifrons), is a critically endangered species of pig. The Visayan warty pig is endemic to two of the Visayan Islands in the central Philippines, and is threatened by habitat loss, food shortages and hunting – these are the leading causes of the Visayan Warty Pig’s status as critically endangered. Due to the small numbers of remaining Visayan Warty Pigs in the wild, little is known of their behaviors or characteristics outside of captivity.

In addition to a few other conservation programs in the Philippines, the Crocolandia Foundation and the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation, Inc., both have this species in captivity. In Europe, six zoos – the Rotterdam Zoo, Poznan Zoo, CHESTER Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo, Blackbrook Zoological Park and the Newquay Zoo – maintain the Negros Island variety of this species. Moreover, several zoos in the United States also maintain this species. The San Diego Zoo was the first zoo outside the Philippines to keep and breed Visayan Warty Pigs. Elsewhere in North America, zoos in Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, Miami, and Boise have also kept the species.

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