Guwahati: The Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme on Tuesday released eight pygmy hogs at the Manas National Park.
Reportedly, it has been planned to release a total of 12 captive-bred pygmy hogs at two phases – June 22 and June 25, 2021.
In the first phase eight of the species were released and on June 25, the remaining four would be released in Manas National Park.
Leading NGO in Assam, Aaranyak, in a statement said that this was the second batch of pygmy hogs released in the park. Last year, 14 of the iconic species were successfully released.
With this release, the total number of pygmy hogs reintroduces from Bansbari range of Manas National Park to start the highly successful breeding programme.
It has been estimated that with the release of these 12 (5 male, 7 female) hogs in Rupahi grasslands in the Bhuyanpara range of Manas National Park, the total number of reintroduced hogs and their progeny may have reached 200 in the four release sites.
The national park contains some of the largest remaining grassland habitats in the sub-Himalayan grassland ecosystems. Found only in these tall dense alluvial grasslands, pygmy hogs are incredibly shy and are almost never seen.