SF Zoo Has Six Peccary Pups!

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The San Francisco Zoo welcomes six Chacoan peccary pups! (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo.)

SF Zoo Has Six Peccary Pups!

Nov 14, 2013

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Brace yourself for cuteness! The San Francisco Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of two litters of Chacoan peccary pups. Two of the pups were born on October 27 and four were born on October 29. That makes a total of six pups for this endangered species!

The Chacoan peccary is found in the dry shrub habitat or Chaco of Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina. This species has the unusual distinction of having been first described based on fossils and was originally thought to be extinct. However, in 1975 peccaries were discovered to still be alive in the Chaco region of Paraguay. Chacoan peccary herds are decreasing as a result of habitat loss and fragmentation due primarily to an increase in the number of ranches, oil exploration, road construction, and uncontrolled hunting.

Join us this weekend to see them in their exhibit across from Eagle Island next to Terrace Café. The first 100 kids to arriv eeach day will receive an exclusive SF Zoo Peccary Pup bracelet.Plus at 2:00 pm this Saturday and Sunday, there will be a special Keeper Talk and feeding for you to enjoy.

SF Zoo hours: Open 365 days; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Website:  www.sfzoo.org

More info on peccaries: http://www.sfzoo.org/chacoanpeccary

Media Contacts: Abbie Tuller, abbiet@sfzoo.org, 415.753.7201, ext 7083; Danny Latham, dannyl@sfzoo.org, 415.753.7201, ext 7087

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