In the Philippines, the quickly rising population is causing forests to disappear rapidly. For the Visayan Warty Pig, this means habitat loss. Additionally, farmers capture them for ravaging their crops, causing their numbers to drop further.
Body length: 100-160 cm
Weight: 75-150 kg
(Source: The 21st Century Endangered Animals of the World (Library edition) Gakken)
The Visayan Warty Pig lives only on two of the Visayan Islands in central Philippines, the islands of Negros and Panay. There was a time when they lived on various other islands.
They eat plant roots, sprouts, and fallen fruit.
They are rather small for a boar. You can tell a Visayan Warty Pig by the long mane that grows from its head to its middle section.
The islands used to be rich in green...
The Visayan Warty Pig has evolved in a rather unique way on the Philippine Islands. There was a time when more than 90% of the land in the Philippines was forestland. Now with the rapidly rising population, that greenery is quickly disappearing. The habitat for the Visayan Warty Pig is a source for lumber, and deforestation to make farmland. Left with no habitat, the population of the Visayan Warty Pig has dropped so far that now they are critically endangered.
Famine from food shortages, then pests that ravage crops?!
The few remaining forests there are do not supply enough food. Left with no other choice, the Visayan Warty Pig began to ravage crops, which causes farmers to treat them as pests. Farmers booby-trapped their fields, and sold the captured Visayan Warty Pig for their meat. This type of hunting has pushed the pig to the brink of extinction.
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