Philippine warty pig

Sus philippensis

ssp. philippensis (Greater Luzon Faunal Region, Philippines) and mindanensis (Greater Mindanao Faunal Region, Philippines)

Status: Vulnerable

Did you know? While the philippensis subspecies has a greyish crown tuft with a forward-directed fringe, S. p. mindanensis has a mostly black crest and mane, a whitish crown tuft and seemingly absent or less apparent fringe.

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Habitat

To date, commonly found only in remote areas, including montane and mossy forests from 925–2,150 m elevation.

Diet

Presumably survives on a diet of tubers, fallen fruit, and invertebrates.

Behaviour

Nothing is known about the movements, home ranges or social structure of this species, and very little information about their activity patterns is available. Based on reports, Philippine warty pigs seem to be essentially nocturnal in areas subject to human disturbance. 

Threats

Vulnerable to habitat loss (e.g., illegal logging, agricultural and human settlement expansion), intensive hunting (e.g., meat and retaliation of crop damages), and hybridisation with free-ranging domestic pigs as well as feral pigs.

Conservation Actions

Although Philippine warty pig is now fully protected by Philippine law, the drastic population decline currently experienced by the species is mostly due to a lack of enforcement and implementation of the law in most areas, including protected areas.