Wild Open Eye : New post Contender For World’s Rarest Pig: The Visayan Warty Pig

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog agrees with Winston Churchill. “A cat looks down on you, a dog looks up to you, a pig looks at you eye to eye.” I have had the happy opportunity of visiting the Philippines many times but have never gone eye to eye with a warty pig on the island of Negros. But I hope to! What would Negros be without its Visayan warty pigs? Just another island in an overcrowded archipelago of 7,200 (+/-) islands.

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Contender For World’s Rarest Pig: The Visayan Warty Pig

by wildopeneye

A Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons negrinus) mother and piglet protected by PRRCF on Negros Island in The Philippine Islands.

World’s rarest pig? Probably. In need of effective protection, a Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons negrinus) mother and piglet on Negros Island protected by PRRCF in The Philippine Islands 1997. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

Protected areas are essential for the survival of this pig. Wildopeneye says it would be great to see enhanced protection for the critically endangered Visayan Warty Pig and its habitat in the Negros Panay Faunal Region. Estimated to have lost approximately 80% of its population in just 3 generations (21 years) according to the IUCN Red List Website (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/21175/0) and remaining population threatened with habitat loss, hunting and interbreeding with domestic species, this is likely to be the World’s rarest pig.

This delightful Warty sow and piglet photographed under the care of the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation in 1997. For more information about Visayan Warty Pigs and efforts to save them with the help of San Diego Zoo, see Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation webpage on the Visayan Warty Pig Conservation Programme.

wildopeneye | 14/11/2014 at 4:28 pm | Tags: Negros Panay Faunal Region, Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, protected areas, Sus cebifrons negrinus, Visayan Warty Pig, World’s rarest pig | Categories: Conservation | URL: http://wp.me/p10R9B-oM

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