Javelina

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Animal Details

Common Name
Javelina
Scientific Name
Tayassu tajacu
Type
Mammal
Status
Least Concern
Diet
Herbivore
Geographic Range
South western United States, Mexico and Central America
Life Span
10 years on average.
Offspring
Average litter of 2 offspring which are called "reds".

Meet The Animal

The Javelina, also known as collared peccary, is a species of hoofed mammal that can be found in North, Central & South America. At Bearizona you can find our group or squardron of Javelina is found next to the barnyard. Here at the park we only have 4 Javelina. In the wild however, they can roam in herds averaging 10 to 20 animals, and herds of 40+ animals have been seen! They stay in these herds to protect themselves from predators that include mountain lions, bobcats & coyotes.

Their Behavior

In order to help identify their herd, the javelina uses a scent gland on the top of their rumps which they will rub on each other, trees, rocks, etc.

Did You Know?

They look similar, but pigs are from the “Old World,” and peccary is “New World” animals. There are many other differences, most having to do with differences in physical anatomy. There is a great debate between some of the keeper staff at Bearizona if the Javelina is or is not a pig. Ask nearby staff to see what their answer is!

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