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A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.



Geographic Location

Philippines – Negros, Panay and Sicogon Islands which collectively comprise the West Visayas Faunal Region: Northern Negros Natural Park, Mt. Kanlaon National Park, Southwestern Negros key biodiversity area, Sibalom National Park, Sicogon Island

Focal Species

Visayan warty pig

IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species

Critically endangered

About the Project

Nowhere in the Philippines is environmental degradation quite so acute, and the need for immediate conservation action quite so pressing, as in the West Visayas or Negros Faunal Region. This area is one of the most important centers of endemicity in the country but has suffered a disproportionate extent of denudation (wearing away of the earth’s surface resulting in a reduction of elevation).  For these reasons, the Visayan warty pig is one of the most threatened species in the region. The importance of the Philippines as a center of endemicity for wild pigs is almost entirely unknown to the relevant authorities, let alone the general public, and local attitudes to these animals are generally negative owing to occasional damage caused to crops planted in or close to forested areas. The Visayan Warty Pig Conservation Programme’s mission is to contribute to the protection and conservation of Visayan warty pigs and their habitats through increased effectiveness of protective measures within existing reserves and supporting conservation initiatives such as captive-breeding, personnel training, and public education programs to enhance the survival aspects and better understanding of the species at the local level. 



Visayan Warty Pigs at Woodland Park Zoo
Three female warty pigs can be found in the Elephant Forest area of the Tropical Asia biome.


To learn more:

Read the Visayan warty pig fact sheet