Chacoan Peccary

(Catagonus wagneri)


Chacoan Peccary IUCN ENDANGERED (EN)


Facts about this animal

The Chacoan Peccary is a pig-like species with a rump gland in both sexes. The head-body length is 96-117 cm, the height at the shoulder 52-69 cm. It weights 30-43 kg. The coat is grizzled grey with a whitish band diagonally from the middle of the back to the chest. There is no sexual dimorphism. The gestation probably lasts some five months and the litter size is one to four. The female has three or four pairs of mammae.

The Chacoan Peccary was discovered as a living species only in 1972.

Did you know?
that these animals are also called Giant Peccaries or Taguas?They appear to be cousins of collard peccaries or javelinas found from Argentina to the southern United States.


Name (Scientific) Catagonus wagneri
Name (English) Chacoan Peccary
Name (French) P├ęcari du Chaco
Name (German) Chaco-Pekari
Name (Spanish) Chaco argentino
Local names Tagua, Chancho quimilero
CITES Status Appendix I
CMS Status Not listed



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Dave Pape



Range Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay
Habitat Semi-arid thorn forest, savannah plains and marshes in areas of low rainfall and high temperature
Wild population Unknown, but decreasing (Red List IUCN 2011)
Zoo population 41 reported to ISIS

In the Zoo

Chacoan Peccary


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 74 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations, should be followed.


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Tim Vickers

Why do zoos keep this animal

The Chacoan peccary is an endangered species in the wild. All animals kept outside the species' natural range are located in North America, where a Species Survival Plan has been drawn up by AZA. This is a cooperative breeding programme, with a number of zoos working together to ensure the survival of the species.