Adult Visayans have long hair on the tops of their heads and spines. When threatened, they raise their spiky manes to make themselves appear larger and more menacing.
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Visayan warty pigs are currently extinct on all but two small islands in the Philippines. These small, forest pigs are named for the islands where they are found, and for the three pairs of fleshy "warts" on the male pig’s face. Biologists think the warts help protect the face when fighting.
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Preventing habitat loss is especially critical for the future of this species. Life can be difficult for animals confined to islands because they cannot leave to escape predators or hunters, or to look for food.
The Minnesota Zoo has become the 5th zoo in the nation to join in recovery efforts for the Visayan warty pig. By implementing an emergency breeding program and encouraging and facilitating local conservation in the Philippines for this species and others who share its forest habitat, we are working to ensure the survival of this critically endangered animal.