On Saturday 25th September Yorkshire Wildlife Park will be closed to the public due to hosting a special Thank You Event for all the staff at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals. 

  • Status

    Critically Endangered

  • Size

    Up to 185 kg

  • Threat

    Habitat loss

  • Distribution

    Panay & Negros Islands

  • Diet

    Omnivore

The Visayan Warty Pigs are one of the most critically endangered pigs in the world.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park has been working with the EAZA Ex-situ Programme (EEP) as part of the global conservation of the Visayan Warty Pig. Hunting and deforestation is pushing this at risk species to complete extinction. This forest dwelling pig is already extinct on 4 of the 6 Philippine islands they once inhabited. A dramatic 98 per cent of their former range is not depleted.

These pigs often stay in small groups with the male living away from his female partner and their litter. Male Visayan warty pigs have fantastic spiky hair with an iconic crest. Very little is known about these pigs in the wild as numbers are so limited. The European breeding programme hopes to save this critically endangered species from extinction.

Visayan Warty Pig (CR. Sue Launders)

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