Peccary (White-lipped)

Tayassu pecari

IUCN Red List status: Vulnerable

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Where they live

Central and South America


Tropical rainforest, tropical dry forest, wet and dry grasslands


1.1 m


Up to 50 kg


13 years


Habitat loss and hunting

Did you know...

  • Peccaries can run up to 22mph
  • They have such a good sense of smell that they can detect bulbs up to 8cm below soil’s surface
  • They are so aggressive that they have been known to kill jaguars when defending themselves

More about peccaries...

The white-lipped peccary is omnivorous, feeding on fruit, nuts, invertebrates and sometimes fish. They prefer to stay near water sources where fruits are plenty.

There is no specific breeding season, they will mate throughout the year. After a gestation period of 156-162 days, peccaries normally give birth to twins.

They form large herds of up to 300 or more, but groups of up to 2000 have been reported. Because there are so many in a single group, they have developed scent glands on their backs which allow them to bond and recognise each other.

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