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Back to Kids News February 24, 2006

THREE LITTLE PIGS GO ON EXHIBIT AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO

Three critically endangered Visayan warty piglets, born in mid-December, are now on exhibit at the San Diego Zoo, bringing the number of the rare swine at the San Diego Zoo to twelve.


Because these animals are so rare and endangered, these births are significant for conservation. This is the San Diego Zoo's first litter of the season, but animal care staff at the zoo are expecting more piglets throughout the spring.


Visayan warty pigs are found on only two islands in the Philippines. Living on a small island can be difficult for animals: they cannot leave to escape predators, food shortages, or hunters. Fortunately, they have done well at the San Diego Zoo and the Zoo is working with other zoos to increase warty pig numbers. The San Diego Zoo is the first facility outside the Philippines to exhibit and breed the critically endangered wild swine.


The one male piglet and two female piglets can be seen playing in their exhibit every day near the entrance of Elephant Mesa, across from the koala bears.

The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is operated by the not-for-profit Zoological Society of San Diego. The Zoological Society, dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats, engages in conservation and research work around the globe. The Zoological Society also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park (more than half of which has been set aside as protected native species habitat) and the department of Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES), and is working to establish field stations in five key ecological areas worldwide.

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