Pygmy hog conservation program

Pygmy hog conservation program

Species name: PYGMY HOG Scientific name: Porcula salvania Country: India - Assam Project website: www.pygmyhog.org   Pygmy hog is the smallest and rarest wild pig in the world. This species is now considered to be critically endangered. Fortunately, the current reintroduction process allows us to be optimistic about the future of this species. Pygmy hogs

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Species name: PYGMY HOG
Scientific name: Porcula salvania

Country: India – Assam
Project website: www.pygmyhog.org

 

Pygmy hog is the smallest and rarest wild pig in the world. This species is now considered to be critically endangered. Fortunately, the current reintroduction process allows us to be optimistic about the future of this species.

Pygmy hogs are about 65 cm long and 25 cm high, weighing 8 to 9 kg. Females are a bit smaller and newborns weigh only 150-200 grams.
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Pygmy hogs experienced severe habitat loss and were thought to have become extinct in the 1960s. They have been driven out of most natural areas in India and Nepal. Subsequently, in recent decades, the breeding program and other conservation efforts have brought the species back. Today, nearly 300 animals live in the northeastern state of Assam. The pygmy hog conservation program is run jointly by the Indian government, the British Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the local non-profit organization Aaranyak.
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