Visayan Warty Pig: Critically Endangered

The Visayan warty pig (Sus cebifrons) is a beautiful animal that lives in the Philippines. It was included in the Red Book of the World in 1988 and quickly became one of the most endangered animal species on the planet. Over the past 21 years, the population has declined by 80%, and today this species is on the verge of extinction.

Reasons for the decline in the number of Visayan warty pigs

One of the main reasons for the decline in the Visayan warty pig is uncontrolled hunting. Locals systematically capture animals and kill them for their meat, skin and fur. In addition, changing natural habitats, inbreeding and hybridization are also factors that have led to population decline.

About 95% of the territories where in the past pigs felt like full-fledged residents have been adapted to farms. Therefore, pigs began to adapt to the diet on plantations. At the same time, the land used by farmers remains unproductive for several years, leading to a lack of food for animals.

Where does the Visayan warty pig live?

In the past, the Visayan warty pig lived on six of the Philippine islands, and today it is endemic to only two islands – Negro and Panay. Isolated populations survived only on these islands. Animals live in primary and secondary forests at altitudes up to 1,600 m above sea level. They are extremely rare on the plains.

Saving the Visayan Warty Pig

Today, the only hope for the conservation of the species is the breeding of animals in captivity and subsequent adaptation in their natural habitat. The Visayan pig is bred at the Rotterdam Zoo, the San Diego Zoo and other zoos around the world. The species is protected by several documents and is fully protected by Philippine law. Unfortunately, the laws are not always fully implemented in practice.

Many scientists believe that the conservation of the Visayan warty pig is not only a matter of protecting an individual species, but also of preserving the biodiversity of the Philippines. “This animal is part of a unique ecosystem in the Philippines that is under threat,” the scientists say.

The Visayan warty pig is one of the most endangered animal species on the planet. The only hope for saving this species is breeding animals in captivity and subsequent adaptation in their natural habitat. Conservation of this species is not only a matter of conservation of the individual species, but also of conservation of the biodiversity of the Philippines.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x