Collared Peccary - tusk sharpening each mouth opening

Peccary Peccaries or javelina or pecarí, live in the south-western parts of North America and throughout South America. When threatened, the Peccary defends itself with its tusk which sharpen themselves every time they open or close their mouths. The collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu) is sometimes called a "musk hog", because of its strong odor it gives off. In some areas of the Southwest, peccaries occur in the suburbs of cities in the brush and undergrowth, where they can sneak through. Otherwise, they live in various habitats, ranging from deserts to rainforests.

Which zoos have them?
Smithsonian National Zoological Park (United States)

The Collared peccary is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the
Collared peccary

Adult weight : 20.2 kg (44.44 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 32 years

Female maturity :329 days

Male maturity : 358 days

Gestation : 145 days

Weaning : 49 days

Litter size : 2

Litters per year : 2

Weight at birth : 0.7 kg (1.54 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 4.881 kg (10.7382 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 33 W

Body mass : 20.5 kg (45.1 lbs)

Temperature : 37.85 °C (100.13 °F)

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