Visayan Warty Pig
Sus cebifrons negrinus
- FamilyPig (Suidae)
- Weight35 – 80 kg
- HabitatPhilippine rainforest, up to 1,600 m above sea level
Male Visayan warty pigs are easily recognised by the long, distinct mane down the midline of their neck and back. They owe their name to their unique facial feature: thee pairs of fleshy “warts” on the face of the boar.
The Visayan warty pig is under threat due to the clearing of tropical rainforests in the Philippines, their natural habitat, to make way for sugar cane and rice plantations. In addition to habitat loss, other factors such as hunting and mating with domestic pigs have reduced the population in the wild to only a few individuals. One of the two subspecies, Sus cebifrons cebifrons, has already been irretrievably extinct since the mid-90s.
Visayan warty pigs now live in only 2 % of their original distribution area in the Philippines.
Hellabrunn Zoo participates in the European Endangered Species Programmes