The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is celebrating the delivery 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 can be named quickly.
Jonny Appleyard, hoofstock crew chief at Edinburgh Zoo stated, “We’re so excited to welcome Nikki and Elvis’ piglets. Our Visayan warty pigs are stuffed with character, and our 4 new arrivals are not any exception. As soon as they obtain their first well being examine within the coming weeks we’ll know if they’re boys or ladies.”
Visayan warty pigs are listed as critically endangered by the Worldwide Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN) and there may be 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 growth 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 the planet. We’re excited to welcome 4 piglets who will act as unbelievable ambassadors for his or her species within the wild, inspiring extra folks to guard, worth and love nature.”
At simply six weeks outdated the piglets are nonetheless dependant on mum and spending plenty of time inside. Fortunate guests will be capable of spot Nikki and her piglets exploring their dwelling at Edinburgh Zoo increasingly more over the subsequent few weeks.