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Adorable non-piggies
24 December 2020

They look like pigs, but they are not related to them at all. We are talking about the collared peccary. The very word "peccary" means "an animal that can make roads in the forest." The road to the new apartments, was "made" by the bakers of Kharkiv Zoo – seven individuals settled in the new aviaries of the exhibition "South America" next to the rhinos – another representative of the animal world of South America.

Now the peccary have two spacious aviaries with an area of 23.5 m2 each. On the floor there is natural bark, on the walls there is an artistic painting that takes you to the South American expanses. The bark is moistened daily, as these animals prefer humid climate. And peccary love to rummage through the bark, rummage through it in search of something delicious. And the diet opens up great opportunities for search. The diet of peccary includes hay, various grains, nuts, vegetables, fruits, meat, bread, eggs. Gradually, animals have mastered their drinkers. Such drinkers are very convenient, because they do not turn over, the water from them does not spill, and the animal drinks when it wants and in the required amount.

Peccaries are gregarious animals, feeding, sleeping, and defending common possessions together. Therefore, during the adaptation in the new aviaries, there were no disputes. The peccary were unanimous in their behavior. First, they mastered one corner of the enclosure, and when the interest outweighed and the animals realized that they were safe, they ran all over the enclosure.

Visitors will be able to observe these funny animals through the display glass, which allows you to view the animals in the maximum proximity.

For reference. The habitat of the peccary is from the southern states of America south to northern Argentina. Body length-75-100 cm, height-44-57 cm. Weight is 16-30 kg. Omnivorous, they eat fruits, in search of which they move the litter and dig the ground with "piglets". The diet also includes roots, bulbs, invertebrates and small vertebrates. Life expectancy – up to 20 years.