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Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 23, Jun 2021
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Why in news: Rare pygmy hogs released in Assam’s Manas National Park

  • Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme is a collaborative project of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, IUCN/SSC Wild Pig Specialist Group,Forest Department, Govt. of Assam and the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India.
  • It is implemented in Assam by the Rare & Endangered Species Conservation Unit (RESCU) of EcoSystems-India.

About Pygmy Hog

  • The pygmy hog (Porcula salvania) is the smallest and the rarest wild suid in the world.
  • The species is currently listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ under the IUCN Red List
  • The species is also offered the highest legal protection under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act and under Appendix I of CITES.

About Manas National Park

  • Manas National Park or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a national park, UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve in Assam, India.
  • the last population of the Pygmy Hog survive in the wilds of Manas and nowhere else in the world.
  • Manas is the only landscape in the world where pristine Terai Grasslands are seen merging with the Bhabar grasslands interspersed with diverse habitats
  • Manas boasts the largest population of the endangered Bengal Florican in the world