GUWAHATI, Sept 19 - A pair of pygmy hogs was transferred from the conservation breeding centre for pygmy hogs at Basistha to the Assam State Zoo today.
Dr Parag Deka, chief veterinarian of Pygmy Hog Conservation Project, personally came to the Assam State Zoo for the release.
Pygmy hogs are the smallest of pig species in the world. They are endemic to Manas region of Assam. They are not found anywhere else.
�They are an endangered species and the conservation project headed by Gautam Narayan and Parag Deka is doing a good job in their conservation,� Zoo DFO Tejas Mariswamy said.
Currently, the State Zoo has two pairs of pygmy hog. �They are kept primarily here for display purpose to educate people about their rarity in the world,� the DFO said. The Assam State Zoo is the only zoo in the world to house pygmy hogs.