White-lipped peccary

They can spend up to two-thirds of their day traveling and feeding

Bernard DUPONT

In the lush forests of Central and South America dwells a captivating creature known as the White-lipped peccary. At first glance, it may look like a pig, but its dark hair (cream on certain regions, such as the throat) sets it apart. But what makes this animal stand out is its distinctive appearance. Its coat is bristly, with hairs that run down the spine to form a crest that stands up when the peccary becomes excited. Its round body and long snout are marked by white markings that start below the nose and run to the cheek area below the eyes.

Gregarious by nature, White-lipped peccaries are social beings, gathering in massive herds that can number in the hundreds. Guided by the leadership of a dominant female, these herds embark on their foraging quests through the forest floor, feasting on a vegetarian feast of juicy fruits, crunchy nuts, and verdant vegetation.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Argentina
2012
Belize
2012
Bolivia
2012
Brazil
2012
Colombia
2012
Costa Rica
2012
Ecuador
2012
El Salvador
Official estimate
EX
Extinct locally
French Guiana
2012
Guatemala
2012
Guyana
2012
Honduras
2012
Mexico
2012
Nicaragua
2012
Panama
2012
Paraguay
2012
Peru
2012
Suriname
2012
Venezuela
2012

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No