1 March 2013

Wild boar in NW Tunisia

Wild boar piglets in NW Tunisia on the private property of a friend who is a farmer. The farmer is holding them for the purpose of this photograph, the piglets were released unharmed afterwards.

Wild boar exists in Tunisia.  Farmers tend to hunt wild boar on their land as they say it can be destructive to crops and the land.  The wild boar meat is not eaten by the Tunisians who tend to view the meat as haraam حرام this is an Arabic term meaning forbidden based on religious beliefs. 
 Wild boar (Sus scrofa), also known as wild pig, is a species of the pig genus Sus, part of the biological family Suidae. The species includes many subspecies. It is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig, an animal with which it freely hybridises.   Wild boar are native across much of Northern and Central Europe, the Mediterranean Region (including North Africa's Atlas Mountains) and much of Asia as far south as Japan and Indonesia. Populations have also been artificially introduced in some parts of the world, most notably the Americas and Australasia. Elsewhere, populations have also become established after escapes of wild boar from captivity.

Sus scrofa range map
Reconstructed range of wild boar (green) and introduced populations (blue).  Not shown are smaller introduced populations in the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere (such as the southwest of Australia.) 

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