Visayan Warty Pig

The Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons) is a critically endangered ungulate (hoofed) mammal. 

The Visayan Warty Pig has coarse dark-grey hair. Its entire body is covered in hair. It has a thin tail with a tuft of black hair at the tip. It has long, thin ears with hair tufts. It has three pairs of fleshy warts on its face. The male has prominent whiskers and small, sharp tusks. Both the male and female have scent glands near their eyes and on their feet. 

It measures 55-80 centimetres (22-31 inches) tall, with a length of 100-145 centimetres (39-57 inches). Its tail measures 30-45 centimetres (12-18 inches) long. The male is larger than the female. 

Visayan Warty Pig

The Visayan Warty Pig is native to two of the Visayan Islands in the central Philippines. It used to be on six islands, but it is now limited to only two islands. It prefers rain forests near rivers and swamps. 

It is mainly nocturnal or crepuscular, active at night or at dawn and dusk. It is omnivorous, eating roots and tubers, as well as fruit, grass, herbs, eggs, dead animals, insects, and lizards. It snuffles in the soil in search of food. 

The male is called a boar and the female is called a sow. It lives in groups of 4-6 individuals. 

The female Visayan Warty Pigis pregnant for about 120 days. She makes a nest from leaves and dry grass before giving birth to a litter of 3-4 young, called piglets. The piglets are initially dark-brown with yellowish stripes and spots. They are weaned after about 120 days, and develop fur by about six months. 

It lives for about 15 years in the wild.

Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan Warty Pig

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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