Project for the Conservation of the Javan Warty Pig (Sus verrucosus)
Beside cattle and chicken pigs are worldwide the most famous domestic animals.
They play an important role for the diet of the now nearly 7 billions of
human beings on earth. The various wild boar species of the genus Sus
in particular (the genus to which also the Eurasian wild boar Sus scrofa
and the domestic pig belong) form a genetic resource with great importance
for the future food securing. Nevertheless, many species of wild boars
which are critically endangered have not attracted much attention of
conservationists so far.
But pigs don't deserve to be conserved only as a genetic resource
- they are intelligent, have a distinctive social behaviour and play an vital
role for the ecology of many habitats by digging over the soil. And they
are not ugly either! For people who walk around open-minded and with open
eyes there don't exist any ugly creatures. If anything, pigs look
extraordinary, bizarre or
For many years ZGAP is responsible for the protection of some of the most
endangered pig species in the world. It started with the Visayan Warty
Pig (Sus cebifrons) of which one thought it was extermintaed
already. For years the conservation programme documents good progress and
within the framework of the rescue programme representatives of this species
can now also be seen at some European zoos and in the USA (e.g. Rotterdam,
San Diego, Los Angeles).
Since a few years ZGAP also supports a programme for the conservation of
the not less endangered, only fox-sized Pygmy Hog (Sus salvanius),
initiated by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (Jersey) and the IUCN/SSC
Pigs & Peccaries Group.
Since 2007, we support a project for the also critically endagered Javan
Warty Pig (Sus verrucosus) in cooperation with the Los Angeles
Zoo. This project is a race against extinction - further financial support
therefore is urgently needed.
If you would like to help please make a donation with the purpose "Javan
Warty Pig" to the account of ZGAP. We guarantee
that 100 % of every earmarked donation will be passed on to the project
A detailed project
description can be downloaded as PDF-file here.