Pigs, peccaries and hippos in the News

New work group about feral hogs (jabalíes) in Uruguay
There is a new work group at the Universidad de la República Uruguay working on feral hogs in this region. The work group comprise members of the faculty of natural sciences and veterinary medicine and aims to systematize the control of feral hogs (jabalíes) in this region. You can follow their work on Twitter:

New scientific publication about dietary plasticity of White-lipped peccaries
The Journal of Mammalogy has published a new article about spatial isotopic dietary plasticity of White-lipped peccaries.

New scientific publication about White-lipped peccaries

White-lipped peccaries are disappearing in Mesoamerica
Mongabey has published an article about the status of White-lipped peccaries in Mesoamerica and their disappearing there.

New book about peccaries
A new book "Movement Ecology of Neotropical Forest Mammals" with a focus on social animals has been published recently (edited by Rafael Reyna-Hurtado and Colin A. Chapman). The book comprises four chapters about peccaries. A review of the book will be published in the next issue of Suiform Soundings (to be published early February 2019).

New documentary about White-lipped peccaries
The documentary "The Peccary Party" about White-lipped peccaries is now entirely available online.

Rare footage of Forest Hogs
National Geographic has published rare footage of Forest Hogs in Uganda. Although the biggest wild pig species it remains elusive.

Collared peccaries respond to the death of a member of the herd
Dante de Kort, a third grader at the time, saw a dead collared peccary (a.k.a. javelina) in his backyard and noticed that the rest of the herd was hanging out next to the body. He decided to put a sensor video camera next to the carcass to record what happened next. The results were stunning. He presented his results at the local science fair, where Mariana Altrichter - who is the chair of the IUCN Peccary Specialist Group - saw his poster. Mariana noted the publishable merit of Dante’s observation and began her own analysis of the data and review of the literature to ready the work for submission. With the young Dante placed as lead author, Mariana and two other colleagues co-authored “Collared peccary (Pecari tajacu) behavioral reactions toward a dead member of the herd” in the journal Ethology - an  international journal that publishes original research on animal behavior, physiology, function, and evolution. This paper shows levels of behavioral complexity for peccaries beyond those known so far. The behaviors toward the dead member of the herd resemble those of cetaceans, chimpanzees, and elephants. No other wild species have been found to react to dead.
A video of the observations mentioned above can be found on YouTube.

As the website is extenteded on peccaries and hippos here are some older news about peccaries

White-lipped peccaries in Mesoamerica threatened with extinction

Hunting, deforestation, and cattle ranching in Mesoamerica have become a triad of trouble for the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), an ecologically important species now threatened with regional extinction, according to a group of experts at a recently held meeting in Belize.

Cuckoos imitate peccary clacking

A note on how cuckoos imitate peccary clacking and the theories associated with this mimicry.

Carbon sequestering correlates with biodiversity

Scientists found that "places where animals are most diverse correlate with places that have the most carbon sequestered in the soil."

Racing against time’ to save the taguá and its vanishing Chaco home

Charcoal and cattle ranching tearing apart the Gran Chaco

Mongabay kids article about peccaries

Sushi for Peccaries

A short article describing some interesting peccary behavior and its conservation implications, which also revealed the first-ever photos documenting fish consumption by peccaries.

Peccary Party

At first glance, they look like pigs, but they're actually white-lipped peccaries from the Brazilian wetlands of the Pantanal, 10 times the size of the Everglades. Follow scientists as they track these mysterious mammals in their daily quest for food, while keeping a watchful eye for their main predator: jaguars. The first nature documentary on peccaries called “PeccaryParty”, can be seen on Love Nature (Canadian network) and on Smithsonian Earth.

Peccary Art

When the Peccary Project team needed an innovative way to help protect the species and educate rural communities about its importance, they contacted Kitty and proposed that the species be the “challenge” for her group of artists that contribute to the, “52 weeks - Nature Painting Challenge” group on Facebook. The creativity and generosity of the artists resulted in over 38 peccary paintings showcasing a wide range of artistic styles, and capturing the peccary’s social behavior, environment and charm. These inspirational pieces of art will help raise awareness about the plight of the species and will be an important contribution to environmental education and conservation efforts throughout the many Latin American countries, where the species is threatened. All the artwork can be found on the IUCN Peccary Specialist FB page. More info on the IUCN site.

White-lipped peccary leads researchers to ancient cave paintings in Brazil

How the overlooked peccary engineers the Amazon, an interview with Harald Beck

New documentary about pygmy hogs
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has released a marvellous documentary about pygmy hogs (45 minutes length). "It reminds us to never give up on a species and that there is always hope for recovery if we just want it badly enough." (E. Meijaard)

Results of the conference about wild boars in Artigas in December 2016
The results of the conference about wild boas in Artigas in Uruguay in December 2016  have been published (in Spanish).

Babirusa birth captured on film for first time
The piglet was born and filmed in Chester Zoo.

Conference about wild boars
A conference about wild boars will take place in Artigas in Uruguay from 9th till 10th December this year, see poster below.

Pygmy hog goes to Hollywood
The Pygmy hog has a small part in Disney's latest movie The Jungle Book.

New scientific publication
A new scientific paper about the first ecological study of the Bawean warty pigs has been published in PLOS ONE.

Video about Bawean warty pig project
A new video about the Bawean pig project has been published.

Suiform Soundings cited in the news
An article about mongooses grooming warthogs which has been published in the latest issue of Suiform Soundings was cited in IFLScience! and EurekAlert!.

New funding opportunities for wild pig research and conservation projects
A new page with a list of funding opportunities has been prepared.

New scientific publication about the Red River Hog
David M. Leslie and Brent A. Huffman have published an excellent synthesis about Red River Hogs in the journal Mammalian Species:
Potamochoerus porcus (Linnaeus, 1758) is a monotypic suid commonly known as the red river hog. It is 1 of 2 species in the genus Potamochoerus and among the smallest and most plesiomorphic (ancestral) of the 8 African suids. This is the brightest colored wild pig species and is identified by its rufous coat and white dorsal crest; spectacled black-and-white facemask; and elongated, leaf-shaped ears that end in terminally drooping tufts of hair. P. porcus lives in damp forests throughout the rainforest belt of western and central Africa; it never ranges far from thick vegetative cover, soft soils, and water. Although P. porcus is commonly harvested for subsistence and urban bushmeat markets, it is considered of “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
More informations about this article can be found here.

Red River Hog piglets in San Diego Zoo Safari Park
San Diego Zoo Safari Park has recently published a short video about the latest offspring of their Red River Hogs. The video can be found here.

First Javan warty piglets in Cikananga in 2015
The year 2015 continues as successfully as the 2014 ended: IUCN/SSC Wild Pig Specialist Group proposed to keep Javan warty pigs in breeding pairs. Therefore, the pig groups were separated and these pairs were built. Four piglets were born in Cikananga on 25th March 2015. These piglets are the first offspring after the changes due to the suggestions by WPSG. Cikananga expects four more  sows to give birth to piglets this breeding season.

Conservation breeding of Javan warty pigs
2014 was a succesful year for conservation breeding of Javan warty pigs (Sus verrucosus) in Cikananga Conservation Breeding Center, West Java, Indonesia:   A new pig house was built and eleven piglets were raised succesfully. A cooperation with Taman Safari in Bogor was initiated in November and four pigs (two males, two females) were sent there. There are 24 Javan warty pigs in Cikananga now. More news about Cikananga can be found here.

New grant for Bawean warty pigs
People's Trust for Endangered Species is supporting the conservation project for Bawean warty pigs (Sus blouchi) on Bawean Island, Indonesia. More information can be found here.
More information about the project on Bawean can be found here.

New website about Pygmy Hogs
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has published a new website about Pygmy Hogs (Porcula salvania). The website can be found here.

This Memorandum of Understanding between the Indonesian Zoo Association (PKBSI), the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, the IUCN Species Survival Commission, the IUCN SSC Specialist Groups for Asian Wild Cattle and for Wild Pigs, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (of North America) was signed in Indonesia on 6th November 2014. More informations can be found on the Facebook site of the Asian Wild Catle Group.

Peccary art

Kitty Harvill is well-known for her wildlife and conservation-themed artwork.  The paintings below are contributions from a group of artists from the "52 weeks _ Nature Painting Challenge" coordinated by Kitty Harvill. There is one painting of Kitty's in this collage. More details about her work can be found here.

A tribute to William L.R. Oliver
It is with great sadness that we have to inform of the passing of William Oliver on 10 September 2014. William was the former Chair of the IUCN/SSC Wild Pig Specialist Group (previously the Pigs & Peccaries SG and the Pigs, Peccaries, and Hippos SG), which he set up and coordinated for 32 years.
The full obituary can be found here.

Giant forest hogs in the news:
National geographic has recently published an article about Giant forest hogs (Hylochoerus meinertzhageni) in Uganda. The article can be found here.

Javan warty pigs conservation breeding success
Cikananga Conservation Breeding Center in Cikananga, West Java, Indonesia, has successfully bred 12 Javan warty pigs (Sus verrucosus) this year. More informations about their conservation breeding of this species can be found here.

Warthogs in the news:

National geographic has recently published an article about warthogs and primates in the Meru Conservation Area, central Kenya, and the decline of Kora National Park. The article can be found here.

Rare Babirusa Triplets born at Los Angeles Zoo
On 27 May 2014 the Los Angeles Zoos female babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis) gave birth to triplets. The birth of triplets in babirusa is a rare occassion having happened only once before, also at the Los Angeles Zoo on 16 December 1989. On average the babirusa will give birth to a single offspring and occassionally twins. Unfortunately only two of the three piglets survived.
The North American population of babirusa currently has 62 animals in 15 institutions. This is the largest the population has been since the babirusa arrived in zoos in North America back in 1929. In the wild the endemic babirusa is considered Vulnerable by the IUCN and is under constant threat from hunting and habitat destruction.

Chacoan Peccary Triplets born at Los Angeles Zoo
On 3 June 2014 the Los Angeles Zoo also had triplets of Chacoan peccaries (Catagonus wagneri) born. These three peccary pups are the 21st, 22nd and 23rd peccary pups born at the Los Angeles Zoo since 2001 when the zoo first began working with the species. The current North American population of Chacoan peccaries stands at 68 animals in 16 institutions. This does not include the 12 animals residing at the Tierpark Berlin or the 75 animals at the Chacoan Conservation and Research Center (CCCI) in Toledo, Paraguay. 
The IUCN considers the Chacoan peccary as Endangered and there are fewer than 3,000 remaining in the Chaco of Paraguay and Bolivia. The species is thought to be extinct in Argentine, but further investigation is needed to confirm. The species, like the babirusa, is under threat from hunting and habotat destruction. Currently CCCI is the only Conservation Project dedicated to the conservation of the Chacoan peccary. For more information please go to http://www.cccipy.org/  .
More information about Los Angeles Zoo can be found here.

New scientific report:
Yvonne A. de Jong and Thomas M. Butynski from the Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program have published a new scientific report about the distribution, abundance, ecology, and conservation status of the Desert Warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) in Northern Kenya.

New scientific publication:

Matthew S. Luskin from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management of the University of California Berkeley, and collegues have published a paper about modern hunting practices and wild meat trade in the oil palm plantation-donated landscapes of Sumatra in Indonesia.

Recent scientific publications:
Yuuji Kodera, professor at the Satoyama Science Research Center of the Utsunomiya University in Japan, and collegues have published three papers about wild boars in Japan.

Forest hogs in the news:
National Geographic has recently published an article and an exclusive video about the Forest Hog.

New scientific publication:
A new study by Vilaça and collegues, appearing in Journal of Biogeography, reveals the phylogeography of the Europeaan wild boar, disclosing the role of past climatic events on the current distribution of mitochondrial DNA genetic variation across Europe. Past suitability for the species, estimated from climatic models, and archaeological data support the presence of southern glacial refugia from which the species spread after the Last Glacial Maximum. According to the observed genetic patterns, more recent anthropogenic rearrangements seem to have impacted the species diversity at a limited geographical scale only.