Protecting warty pigs

Today wild populations of the Visayan warty pig can only be found in the little forest that’s left on the islands of Panay and Negros in the Philippines. At one time they ranged over at least six islands.

As a result of their habitat being destroyed they are struggling to mix with other warty pigs. As well as the fact that they’re running out of space they’re also facing the issue of genetic contamination. That's why population numbers are in decline.

To save and protect the warty pig species it requires plenty of field research and work with the local communities to educate them on how they can help to protect their habitat. 

Chester Zoo supports two breeding facilities – one on Panay and the other on Negros. These facilities give us the chance to study their breeding behaviour in a safe environment, as little is known about these pigs in the wild.

Warty pigs in the Philippines 

Two of four Visayan warty piglets that were born last year at the breeding centre (Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation, Inc.) on the island of Negros

The Philippines is also home to hundreds of incredible species that are found nowhere else in the world. Chester Zoo is working with a number of projects to make sure animals such as the warty pig continue to exist. 

The fact that over 90% of the original forest has already been lost resulting in over 700 Philippine species facing a high probability of extinction in the near future is a worrying one! Without conservation action some of the most unique species will be lost forever.

Through our Philippine Conservation Programme we have been able to support projects across a number of islands - including Panay, Polillo, Negros and Palawan - fighting to protect a huge range of animals and habitat, like the Visayan warty pig, Visayan tarictic hornbill, Philippine spotted deer, Philippine cockatoo and Philippine forest turtle.

Discover more about our work in the Philippines