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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Critically Endangered Piglets Born at Edinburgh Zoo

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is celebrating the start of 4 critically endangered Visayan warty piglets at Edinburgh Zoo. Keepers on the wildlife conservation charity say the piglets, born to oldsters Nikki and Elvis on 25 June, are all doing effectively and will likely be named quickly.

Jonny Appleyard, hoofstock group chief at Edinburgh Zoo stated, “We’re so excited to welcome Nikki and Elvis’ piglets. Our Visayan warty pigs are filled with character, and our 4 new arrivals are not any exception. As soon as they obtain their first well being test within the coming weeks we are going to know if they’re boys or women.”

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Visayan warty pigs are listed as critically endangered by the Worldwide Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN) and there’s considered as just a few as 200 of them remaining within the wild. The species is now extinct in 98% of their former vary and they’re solely discovered on two small islands within the Philippines.

Jonny added, “Agricultural enlargement and logging have devastated huge quantities of their habitat and they’re additionally hunted for his or her meat, making them one of many rarest wild pigs on this planet. We’re excited to welcome 4 piglets who will act as unbelievable ambassadors for his or her species within the wild, inspiring extra individuals to guard, worth and love nature.”

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At simply six weeks outdated the piglets are nonetheless dependant on mum and spending lots of time inside. Fortunate guests will have the ability to spot Nikki and her piglets exploring their house at Edinburgh Zoo an increasing number of over the subsequent few weeks.

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