Visayan Warty Pig
Visayan warty pigs sport a punk hairdo with distinctive head tufts that stand upright as if gelled with hair product. The punk look is even more prominent during breeding season when males erect both tuft and mane for a larger, impressive appearance.
In the wild, the Visayan warty pig has lost more than 95 percent of its forested range to logging and agriculture, is hunted for its meat and is killed by farmers as a pest. Only 12 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums exhibit the species, where they act as wildlife ambassadors to help tell the story of their fragile status in the wild and the important conservation efforts underway to recover wild populations.
Find them at the zoo:
Wild pigs live in highly social groups called sounders. The sounder of Visayan warty pigs at Woodland Park Zoo has a 9-year-old and two 3-year-old females originally from Los Angeles Zoo, living in a new exhibit designed to evoke the broadleaf tropical forest of this endangered species' fragile habitat in the Philippines. The exhibit is located in the award-winning Elephant Forest near the elephant pool.
Want to learn more? Read the Visayan Warty Pig Fact Sheet