Visayan warty pigs are one of the most critically endangered species of pig in the world. This pig has become extinct on four of the six Philippine islands that it was once native to.
These pigs stay in small groups but often the male will be alone. The male Visayan warty pig has tough spikey hair, with an unusual looking mane and crest. Little is known about these pigs in the wild as numbers are limited. Captive breeding programmes have been set up in the hope to save the species from extinction and hopefully one day in the future, when the pressures they currently face in the wild have been alleviated, captive born warty pigs can be reintroduced to their native home.
Belfast Zoo’s breeding pair of Visayan warty pigs are called ‘Malcolm’ and ‘Mabel’ and they share their home with several successful litters of their young. You can find them in an enclosure opposite the Asian elephants paddock.
Diet - Herbivore
The Visayan warty pig eats roots, forest fruits, tubers, cereal and vegetable crops.
The average Visayan warty pig can be up to 125 centimetres long and it can weigh up to 30 kilograms.
Visayan warty pigs prefer rainforests but, due to deforestation, they will move into agricultural areas. They are found on the Visayan islands, in the central Philippines.
The IUCN fear that the Visayan warty pig is facing extinction in the immediate future.
The main threat to the Visayan warty pig is deforestation for agriculture. Farmers also see these animals as being a pest therefore they use snares and traps to capture and kill them.
It is unknown how many Visayan warty pigs are in the wild.
There are 200 warty pigs living in zoos across the world.