Photo of a Babirusa at the Audubon Zoo.

Animal’s Behavior
Babirusa (B. babyrussa), with a name meaning “pig-deer” in Indonesia, are social and live in groups. They are a kind of wild pig.

Eating Habits
Babirusa are omnivores. They love the crabs and crawfish found in Louisiana!

Babirusa are native to Indonesia.

Conservation Efforts
Babirusa are listed as endangered due to illegal poaching and habitat loss. Conservationists are working to protect the forests of Indonesia, which would preserve the native habitat of babirusa and many other Indonesian species.

Animal Facts
Some might characterize the babirusa as one of nature’s oddest-looking animals, with tusks that can grow up through the nose in the male, curling toward his head.