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The IUCN Wild Pig Challenge 2015

  • Matthew Linkie (a1), Jasline Ng (a2), Zhi Qi Lim (a2), Muhammad I. Lubis (a3), Mark Rademaker (a1) and Erik Meijaard (a1)...

Abstract

Asian mammal species are facing unprecedented pressures from hunting and habitat conversion. Efforts to mitigate these threats often focus on charismatic large-bodied species, while many other species or even guilds receive less attention, particularly Asian wild pigs. To address this we developed a rapid questionnaire survey and administered it to relevant experts to identify the presence, population trends and conservation needs of Asia's 11 threatened wild pig species. The results highlighted geographical differences within species (e.g. the near collapse of bearded pig populations in Peninsular Malaysia yet their widespread presence on Borneo), and knowledge gaps for many endemic species of the Philippines, notably the Critically Endangered Visayan warty pig Sus cebifrons. To support field-based conservation projects, we identified 66 medium-to-large zoos in Asia, Europe and the USA that house Asian wild pigs and have applicable conservation funding schemes. Our rapid survey method, which yielded 170 wild pig records from across Asia, proved effective in filling many of the existing knowledge gaps, and may be widely applicable in assessing the status and needs of other non-flagship threatened species.

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(Corresponding author), E-mail mlinkie@wcs.org

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Also at: Wildlife Conservation Society, Indonesia

Also at: Bawean Endemics Conservation Initiative, Indonesia

Also at: Borneo Futures, Brunei Darussalam

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