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Pygmy hog : Released In Manas National Park

Pygmy hog : Released In Manas National Park

Eighteen captive-bred pygmy hogs were released in western Assam’s Manas National Park and Tiger Reserve.

  • Pygmy hog is the smallest and rarest species of wild pig in the world.
  • It is one of the very few mammals that build its own home, or nest, complete with a ‘roof’.
  • It is an indicator species as its presence reflects the health of its primary habitat, tall and wet grasslands.
  • It prefers undisturbed patches of grassland dominated by early succession riverine communities, typically comprising dense tall grass intermixed with a wide variety of herbs, shrubs and young trees.
  • Currently, the viable population of this pig in the wild is in the Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam.
  • Conservation status:
    • IUCN: Critically Endangered
    • The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972: Schedule I

Manas National Park:

  • It is located in the state of Assam. It is contiguous with the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan.
  • It is a national park, UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve