Catagonus – Chacoan peccary
Also known as tagua and it is the last existing species of its genus, with only 3000 individuals present today
Chacoan peccaries have earned the nickname “pigs from green hell” because of their wild, impenetrable habitats deep in the forests of South America. Nevertheless, increasing human activities in the area have resulted in severe deforestation, and this has caused severe habitat loss and fragmentation.
These animals’ natural range is quickly transformed into large-scale ranches for commercial purposes, and illegal hunting practices continue. Conservation efforts are in progress to breed them in captivity. Still, this species does not survive well outside of their natural wild habitat, which makes the effort of restoring their population even more difficult.