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Prague Zoo received a prehistoric animal - peccary Wagner

Peccary Wagner is the rarest of all kinds pekariů. He was described in 1930 as extinct, prehistoric beast. In 1971 it was discovered in the Paraguayan part of the Grand Chaco, but its numbers in the wild is estimated at only 2,000 to 3 000 individuals. In captivity worldwide are living only 80 animals in 17 institutions. Prague Zoo now won two males and two females, which visitors can see in the paddock already from now.

Peccary Wagner is significantly larger than a peccary Peccary Puffin. It has a remarkably large head and long ears. It can be up to over one meter and weigh around 30-40 kg. He lives in small herds, from two to ten animals. The cubs are born only once a year in October and December. He lives in a small complex environment of dry thorn forest in the Grand Chaco (on the border of present-day Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia), where it falls only 400 to 800 millimeters of rain a year. A considerable part of his diet that consists of cacti species of Opuntia chacoensis and Clesitocactus daumaninnii. The indigenous inhabitants call it a tag.

In 1975 he was deported from Paraguay first three animals, but their attempt to breed in captivity failed. In 1985, the Paraguayan part of the site based Rescue Station Proyecto tags (based on an agreement between the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Paraguayan Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the US Peace Corps). In 2010, he was transferred to the NGO El Centro para la Conservación Chaqueño e Investigacion (CCCI), whose main objective is to provide a research center for breeding peccary by Wagner and specific protection of habitat on the Grand Chaco that are closely tied.

Last year it founded the European conservation program peccary Wagner, into which has now joined the Prague Zoo. So far the peccary breeds in Europe only Tierpark Berlin, where she arrived on Thursday in Prague Zoo four animals, two males and two females. In Europe currently live in captivity 26 peccary Wagner, eleven males and 15 females.

Source: tz Prague Zoo, editorially modified
Photo: Barbora Dobiášová, Prague Zoo

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