image credit: qofd Habitat: New Zealand Status: no (any longer) conservation concerns
These dumpy, hairy pigs are Kunekune Pigs; domesticated piggies that are believed to have descended from an Asian domestic breed introduced to New Zealand in the early 19th century by whalers or traders. It has a short, round body with short legs and two tassels (called piri piri) under its chin and comes in a variety of colors including black, brown, ginger, gold and spotted combinations.The native Māori people of New Zealand adopted kunekune: the word kunekune means “fat and round” in the Māori language. They have a very calm, friendly nature and are commonly kept as pets nowadays.
However, in the 1980s only an estimated 50 purebred Kunekune pigs remained. Michael Willis and John Simister, wildlife-park owners, started a breeding recovery program, which in turn encouraged other recovery efforts. As of 2010[update] the breed no longer faces extinction, with breed societies in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
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