RAW VIDEO: Critically Endangered Visayan Warty Piglets Born At Brevard Zoo
By Space Coast Daily // September 20, 2016
RAW VIDEO: 14-year-old Visayan warty pig ‘Fancy’ gave birth, recently, to two piglets.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – 14-year-old Visayan warty pig ‘Fancy’ gave birth, recently, to two piglets.
The sexes are unknown at this time.
‘Fancy’ was born at San Diego Zoo but has spent most of her life at Brevard Zoo. In 2008, she gave birth to three piglets. Fancy currently shares her exhibit with two adult pigs: male Pandan and female Makinna. Pandan is the piglets’ father.
Because the Australasia section of the Zoo is closed until next year for renovations, guests will not be able to view the piglets for several months. However, the Zoo promises to keep its fans updated with plenty of pictures and videos on social media.
“Zoo guests often mistake them for domestic pigs or wild boars,” said Michelle Smurl, director of animal programs at the Zoo.
“But they’re actually members of a distinct species on the brink of extinction.”
Visayan warty pigs are native to the Philippines, where they are threatened by habitat loss, hunting and conflicts with farmers. Hybridization with domestic pigs has caused further problems.
Once found across six islands, populations are now believed to exist on only two.
Visayan warty pigs are considered “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.