Bornean Bearded Pig, Sus barbatus

The Bornean bearded pig (Sus barbatus), also known as the bearded pig, is native to Southeast Asia. Its range includes the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra, and other small islands. It prefers a habitat within mangrove forests and rainforests. This pig holds two subspecies, and is recognizable by its furry beard and sometimes by a tuft of fur on its tail. The Bornean bearded pig lives in familial groups and can mate at eighteen months of age. It is possible to crossbreed this species with member of the Suidae family. This pig is kept in many zoos, including the Philadelphia Zoo, the National Zoo of Malaysia (Zoo Negara), and the San Diego Zoo, which was the first Western zoo to successfully breed a pair of bearded pigs. The Bornean bearded pig appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Vulnerable.”

Image Caption: Bearded Pig, San Diego Zoo. Credit: Ben Lunsford/Wikipedia  (CC BY-SA 3.0)