L.A. Zoo Announces Birth of Rare Peccary Triplets

CONTACT: L.A. Zoo Press

June 25, 2014

Bright beginnings for animals and children with ScholarShare partnership.

On June 3, the Los Angeles Zoo celebrated the birth of three critically endangered Chacoan peccary babies. These medium-sized animals, found primarily in Paraguay and Bolivia, are very social and have a strong resemblance to pigs. The triplets are the first litter for both the mother and father, and can now be seen on exhibit. The sex of the babies is currently unknown.

This critically endangered species was thought to be extinct and was only known by fossil records up until 1972 when they were discovered in the Chaco area of Paraguay. Although there are less than 3,500 of this unique species found in the wild, they can currently be viewed in 18 zoos outside of Paraguay. The Los Angeles Zoo has had them  since 2000. The Los Angeles Zoo is currently working with the Chaco Center for the Conservation and Research (CCCI), the only conservation project in existence for this critically endangered species. The Zoo hopes to help care for and breed this species, numbers are dwindling primarily due to habitat loss and hunting.

In light of the recent additions, the Zoo is also pleased to announce a continued partnership with the ScholarShare College Savings Plan, California’s official 529 plan. As families learn about the Zoo’s most recent rare babies, parents may also learn how to begin planning their children’s future from a very young age.

The ScholarShare College Savings Plan:
The ScholarShare College Savings Plan provides a simple, smart way for families to save for their children’s education. Over the course of the next year, ScholarShare will provide opportunities for Zoo visitors to learn more about how they can begin planning for their child’s future with the ScholarShare 529 plan – with information available at selected Zoo events, engaging articles in Zooscape, and more online. ScholarShare is a proud sponsor of the L.A. Zoo and supports a shared commitment to education. More information is available at www.ScholarShare.com.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $18 for adults and $13 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For  information, call (323) 644-4200