Kunekune Pig

Overview

At Woburn Safari Park there is one female Kunekune pig called Oscar and one male Kunekune pig called Wellington. Kunekune pigs are not a very active species, so you will most likely find them sleeping, wallowing in mud, or looking for food. They are very intelligent animals, Oscar will sit on command for a food reward.

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Distribution: Asia, introduced to New Zealand and now domesticated worldwide
Habitat: Woodland and grassland
Height: 60 to 70cm tall
Weight: 60 to 100kg
Gestation Period: 116 days
Lifespan: Up to 16 years
Threats: Hybridisation with other pig species

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Scientific name: Sus scrofa domesticus

The Kunekune pig is one of the most well known types of domesticated pig in the world, however it is actually classed as a rare breed with less than 2,000 pure bred Kunekune’s in the world - at one point they even faced extinction! Domesticated Kunekune’s originate from New Zealand but it is thought their wild ancestors came there from Asia in the 1800’s, on trading ships and whaling boats.

Unlike other pig species the Kunekune can survive on a diet of grass alone. They do not dig and root in the ground like other pig species, preferring instead to forage for grasses and roughage. They will eat fruit, vegetables, and food scraps in a domestic setting.

Kunekune Pig Facts

 The Maori people of New Zealand gave them their name ‘Kunekune’, which means fat and round.
In the 1970’s the species faced extinction, with only nine pure bred Kunekunes left in New Zealand!
Unlike other pigs, they can survive on grass alone!
 
They are one of the smallest species of domestic pig, and are often referred to as ‘teacup pigs’ or ‘mini pigs’, even though they will grow to be up to 100kg!
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