Fishy move for peccaries

Nine white lipped peccaries have developed a taste for fish.

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Keepers served up a few sprats as a taster menu and the new flavour went down well with the herd.

Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said: “Peccaries are omnivores and eat roots, grass, seeds and fruit as well as small animals.

“Sprats are very high in oil, so are very good for their diet and will also be helpful if we need to give them any medicine as the fish masks the taste.”

A South American species, white lipped peccaries are also known as skunk pigs as they release a pungent odour from their scent glands, which allows them to recognise each other. 

Trainee Keeper Jo Turner hands out the fishy treats to our nine white lipped peccaries.