Learn About Visayan Warty Pigs At Brevard Zoo

By  //  May 18, 2013

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Wildlife Conservation through Education

The Visayan warty pig is endemic to two of the Visayan Islands in the central Philippines and is threatened by habitat loss, food shortages and hunting – these are the leading causes of the Visayan warty pig's status as critically endangered. Due to the small numbers of remaining Visayan warty pigs in the wild, little is known of their behaviors or characteristics outside of captivity. (Image courtesy of Tom Brackin)

The Visayan warty pig is endemic to two of the Visayan Islands in the central Philippines and is threatened by habitat loss, food shortages and hunting – these are the leading causes of the Visayan warty pig’s status as critically endangered. Due to the small numbers of remaining Visayan warty pigs in the wild, little is known of their behaviors or characteristics outside of captivity. (Image courtesy of Tom Brackin)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Want to come play with me? No, you can’t get in the mud with our Visayan warty pigs, which are a critically endangered species, but you can learn all about them when you visit the Brevard Zoo this weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday.

Brevard Zoo

The Brevard Zoo is a 75-acre facility located in Melbourne, Florida that is home to more than 650 animals representing more than 165 species located in Florida, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The Brevard Zoo features many extraordinary animal experiences including giraffe and lorikeet feedings, African kayak tours, paddle boats in the wetlands and a train ride. Brevard Zoo is a not-for-profit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Our mission is Wildlife Conservation through Education and Participation, and while you can’t get in the mud this weekend with our Visayan Warty Pigs, you can participate in games and learn about endangered species as we highlight Endangered Species.

Visayan warty pigs are just one of the many endangered species we will highlight. These pigs are native to the West Visayan Islands of the central Philippines and have become extinct from three of the six islands. Visayan Warty Pig’s populations have declined due to over-hunting, habitat loss and hybridization.

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