Domestic pig in exhibit

Domestic Pig

Scientific Name

Sus scrofa






Domesticated around the world



Estimated Wild Population

Domestic pig in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: NOT LISTED IUCN Conservation Status: NOT LISTED

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Physical Description

Pigs vary greatly across several hundred breeds, though most are short, fleshy, and sparsely covered in hair. All have hoofed paws at the end of short legs. Also known as hogs, these mammals are opportunistic omnivores, eating everything from grains to greens to table scraps. They use their snout to turn over soil in search for food. Lacking sweat glands, they coat themselves in mud to protect their sensitive skin from the sun.

Interesting Fact 1

A well-developed sense of smell helps pigs detect food buried underground.

Interesting Fact 2

Pigs were likely domesticated as early as 9000 B.C.

Interesting Fact 3

Pigs are considered highly intelligent animals, and scientist have recorded them using bark as a tool to overturn soil.

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