At the Detroit Zoo
Scientific name: Pecari tajacu
Continent: Southwest regions of North America, South America
Habitat: The collared peccary is able to live in a variety of environments such as deserts, arid woodlands, oak woodlands and tropical rainforests.
Size: 3 feet long from nose to tail
Weight: 35-60 pounds
Diet: The collared peccary is an herbivore, feeding on an assortment of food including bulbs, tubers, prickly pear cactus fruit, grass, acorns and insects.
Reproduction: Gestation five months; two offspring
Lifespan: 7-8 years in the wild; up to 24 years in captivity
Conservation Status: Least Concern
The collared peccary is sometimes called a “musk hog” because of a strong odor that secretes from musk glands near the rump and eyes.