Rare Peccary Pups Born at San Francisco Zoo

One of the San Francisco Zoo's peccary pups flies through the air.
Sandi Wong, San Francisco Zoo
One of the San Francisco Zoo's peccary pups flies through the air.

The Chacoan peccary — a pig-like mammal — was once thought to be extinct. But two litters of pups at the San Francisco Zoo are assuring us that that’s not the case!

Two pups were born on Oct. 27 and four more arrived on Oct. 29, for a total of six adorable newborns.

The species was first described based on fossils, and at the time, experts thought it no longer existed.

Then, in 1975, peccaries were found living in the Chaco region of Paraguay. But the species is listed as endangered because of habitat loss and fragmentation due to hunting and development.

The new pups made their debut at the San Francisco Zoo earlier this month.

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