Collared Peccary

Collared Peccary


This species occurs in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, tropical dry and rainforests, savannas and deserts, from the southern USA and through to northern Argentina.


They live in group of 5 to 15 individuals, active in daytime – travel in the early morning and late afternoon and rest during the day. They sleep in burrows, often under the roots of trees, sometimes can be found in caves. Collared Peccary likes mud and dust baths. Lifespan: up to 24 years.


They feed on a roots, tubers, fruits, seeds, and edible parts of green growing plants, insects, and small animals. Feeding behavior changes dependent on the season.


Males reach sexual maturity at 11 months, females at 8 to 14 months.

They give birth to a 1-3 young, gestation period last between 141-151 days. Birthing mothers leave the group. Young are a yellowish brown color, with a black stripe down the back.


They have amazing sense of smell, It’s used to identify members of the group and find food buried in the soil. They also have good hearing and poor eyesight.

  • Latin name: Pecari tajacu  
  • IUCN – Red List – LC (least concern)
  • CITES – Appendix II

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