Chacoan peccaries born in the park (News)


Chacoan peccaries born in the park, The May births are a welcome step in efforts to save a species that was once considered long extinct.

The Chacoan peccary is a mammal similar to wild pig, and whose existence was described in 1930 based on fossil materials that dated to the Pleistocene.

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In the early 1970s, a small population was discovered in an isolated area on the border of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, where it had been living for possibly for millions of years.

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Due to human overhunting, deforestation and diseases, their population of several thousand has been shrinking, prompting European zoos to launch a program for their survival.

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So far, only Berlin’s Tierpark Zoo has managed to regularly breed them.

One was also born in a zoo in Belgium.

There are currently 37 Chacoan peccaries in seven European zoos.


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