Chacoan Peccary

(Catagonus wagneri)

CHARACTERISTICS

Origin
South America, Gran Chaco

Diet
Cacti, fruits, herbs

Status
endangered

Weight
Up to 45kg

Achievable age
up to 20 years

Smelly pigs!

Or put another way: skunk pig. This name refers to the dorsal gland, which looks like a navel. It sprays a strong-smelling secretion from this gland. Thereby, they keep intruders at bay.

Did you know?

  • Chacoan peccaries were believed to be extinct. In 1972, they were  rst rediscovered in Paraguay.
  • When danger threatens, they loudly chatter with their teeth.
  • Adult animals raise their hair on the back, when they feel threatened.