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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Turned out, the world's rarest wild boar species were live in Indonesia

The Bawean island is a small island in the Java Sea, lies around 120 kilometers north of Gresik, East Java province, Indonesia. Behind the beauty of Bawean island, it turns out save one of the rarest species in the world.
Here lies the Bawean island. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ZckCw)
Not many people know when Bawean be home for Sus blouchi, a dwarf warty pigs species which are relatives of the Java wild boar (Sus verrucosus). At first glance the Bawean warty pigs looks like the wild boar in general. The pigs are characterized by distinctive markings. The females look very similar to wild boar while the males have three pairs of big warts on each side of the face.

And according to a study recently published in the PLoS One journal, revealed that the Bawean warty pigs are under threat of extinction. Mark Rademaker from the VHL University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands as well as the study author, said that if the current estimated only remaining about 250 mature Bawean warty pigs.
Female and male Bawean warty pigs -- image from camera trap. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1Zcjmg)
Furthermore, Rademaker added if the Bawean warty pigs population would drop dramatically suddenly due to changes in their habitat although the slightest, need to remembered the warty pigs isolated on the Bawean island. Moreover the Bawean wild boar are often regarded as the pests for the locals, so that they do not hesitate to kill the endangered species.
With a population of less than 250, Indonesia's Bawean warty pig is world's rarest pig. Experts said the animal deserves to be listed as endangered in IUCN's Red List. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ZckXd)
Rademaker initially thought the Bawean warty pigs extinct before finally recording these wild boar at the beginning of this year using the camera traps mounted in the forest. Then the video was uploaded on YouTube channel.
Rademaker was so happy because this is the first time the Bawean warty pigs recorded on the camera. Based on the video uploaded on YouTube, and the Bawean warty pigs more active at night than daytime or called as the nocturnal animals. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MERDEKA | TECHTIMES]
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