4 More Warty Pigs Born at NFEFI Facility

Adding to critically endangered Visayan warty pig species, four newly-born piglets were welcomed at the Negros Biodiversity Conservation Center, a facility found inside the Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation Incorporated (NFEFI) in Bacolod City.

FOUR NEWLY-BORN Visayan Warty pigs at the Negros Biodiversity Conservation Center inside the Negros Forest Ecological Foundation Incorporated (NFEFI) compound in Bacolod City bring to a total of 40 the number of captive population of this critically endangered species.* (EAD-PIA6/BCC photos)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Curator of the BCC Joanne Mae Justo said that the first two were born from breeding pair Julio and Olivia on March 18, while the last two were born from Amor, still fathered by Julio, last March 20.

These additions, all first-born of these individuals, bring the total captive population of the Visayan warty pigs in the center to 40 which will become part of the Warty Pig Studbook that ensures long-term survival of species by helping accredited zoos manage species’ genetic diversity through detailed records of individual animals.

The development of the Visayan warty pig conservation breeding programme and other Philippine threatened and endemic species was facilitated in the mid-1990s by the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Program (PBCP) led by its founding director William Oliver.

The PBCP established two conservation-breeding facilities in Negros including the BCC at Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation Inc. in Bacolod.

Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Incorporated (PBCFI) Director for Field Operations Lisa J. Paguntalan said that the Visayan Warty pigs are already extinct in Cebu, Masbate and Guimaras and are now only surviving in the lowland forests of Negros and Panay Islands.

“The conservation breeding of the species is important to ensure the survival of the population not only in maintaining a genetically viable population, but also in re-introducing captive bred populations back in the wild,” Paguntalan told PIA.

PBCFI is also actively involved in protecting remaining wild population of Visayan warty pigs and its habitats as well as preparing sites for the potential re-introduction of the species.

Meanwhile, the public is also invited to become adoptive parent to help ensure the survival of the threatened endemic species of Negros now housed in NFEFI with a contribution of P1,000 (US$22) a month or P12,000 (US$268) annually.

With the support, NFEFI-BCC will get an adoption certificate, fact sheet and photo of your adopted animal species, quarterly updating through email on how your animal is doing, a free pass to the Center everytime you visit, twenty (20) visitor pass and acknowledgment at the Center and at our website.

Interested individuals, families, schools, business, clubs or organizations may contact Dr. Joanne Mae Justo at the center through telephone number 034-433 9234.* (JCM/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)