White-lipped peccary

White-lipped peccary

Tayassu pecari

South America


Where and how they live: These sociable animals roam around the rainforests, grasslands and mangroves of Central and South America.

What they eat: The cover huge areas searching for fruits, nuts, seeds, plants and animal remains to feed their large herds (typically 50-200 peccaries). Whilst they are known to eat more than 144 species of plant, palm nuts are their favourite. Most animals can’t open them but peccaries have very powerful jaws and teeth.

Are they endangered? The species is ‘near threatened’. They are no longer found in many places they once were and populations continue to decline. They have been over-hunted for their meat and skins and patches of forest large enough to feed their herds are fewer and fewer.

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