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