Camera traps have snapped the babirusa “deer-pig,” a type of tusked wild swine, on an island in Indonesia where they hadn’t been observed in more than a quarter of a century. Locals on Buru Island had previously reported seeing the animal there, but the new images are the first official confirmation of babirusa there since 1995. Officials are designing a conservation program for the Maluku or hairy babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa) found on Buru and trying to determine its presence on two other islands. According to local lore, a babirusa will appear to guide a person lost in the forest to safety. GORONTALO, Indonesia — Camera traps have confirmed the presence of babirusa on Indonesia’s Buru Island for the first time in 26 years, the country’s environment ministry announced earlier this month. The animal, whose name means “pig-deer” in Indonesian, is endemic to the archipelago country, meaning it is found in the wild nowhere else in the world. The study involved 10 camera traps, nine of which photographed babirusa in the Masbait Nature Reserve between April and June this year, the ministry said. The project was supported by a U.N. Development Programme international aid project designed to support the ministry’s […]

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