Visayan warty pig
When you arrive at their enclosure on the island of Panay be sure to spend some time looking out for the family of pigs that live here.
As you walk over the warty pig boardwalk, they could be on either side of you, right up to the water’s edge.
This species of pig is pretty unique. There are only 200 Visayan warty pigs believed to be left in their native habitat in the Philippines – which makes them the rarest of all wild pigs! They have distinctive tufts of hair and are covered in warts (scent glands) - which aren’t that easy to spot!
During breeding season males grow their mane into a striking ‘rock and roll’ hair style, similar to a ‘mohican’, to impress the females. This distinctive look doesn’t last though as at the end of the breeding season the male becomes almost bald again.
- Visayan warty pigs eat roots, forest fruits, cereal and vegetable crops
- Warty piglets are born stripy, like a lot of other forest-dwelling pig species, as stripes make great camouflage
- The Visayan warty pig was only recognised as a species in its own right in 1997 and little is known about them in the wild
- Wild populations can only be found in remaining sections of the forest on the islands of Panay and Negros in the Philippines
- Extinction is sadly looming for the warty pig species and without conservation intervention they will disappear completely
See how Chester Zoo are working in the Philippines to help boost warty pig population numbers, and prevent them from going extinct, here.