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Chinese New Year 2019

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2019 it’s the year of the pig in the Chinese calendar! In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Here at Colchester Zoo we have 4 different species of pigs, the Kunekune pigs, the Visayan warty pigs, red river hogs and the warthog. Each species have their own characteristics, habitat and adaptations.

The red river hogs are instantly recognised by their bright red fur and are undoubtedly the most striking coloured of the pig species. They are known for being very social animals and usually live in family groups. The red river hogs are omnivores, eating mostly fruit and veg but they will also eat small mammals, reptiles and eggs.

Kunekune pigs are known for their placid and friendly nature; they enjoy human company and are the most domesticated pig in the world. It is thought that they were originally from the South Pacific but years later they were also found in New Zealand with the Maori people giving them the name Kunekune, which means fat and round.

Colchester Zoo is also home Visayan warty pigs; they are recognised by their distinctive turfs of hair and warts which are their scent glands. During breeding season, the males grow their mane into a striking ‘Mohican’ hair style to impress females; this doesn’t last for long though as once the breeding season comes to an end they tend to go bald!

Lastly is the warthog, one of the more well-known wild pigs thanks to Pumba from the Disney film The Lion King. Warthogs are very vocal and can produce a range of grunts, growls, snorts and squeals, which is how they communicate with each other.

Why not stop by on your next visit and see if you can spot our different pig species!  

 Half width image red river hog Half width image warty pigs  Half width image kune kune pig Half width image warty pigs 1


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