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.
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.
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.
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.