What kind of animal is the Ryukyu boar? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat (islands such as Okinawa)


What kind of animal is the Ryukyu boar? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat (Okinawa, Iriomote Island, etc.). The Ryukyu boar is a wild animal that lives in Japan, but it is actually a very rare animal as it can only be seen in some areas of Japan, so if you are interested, please refer to the article.

What is Ryukyu boar? About basic status

The Ryukyu boar is an animal that belongs to the Boar family and the Boar genus. The scientific name is Sus scrofa riukiuanus, and the kanji is Ryukyu boar. The head and body length is 50-110cm, and the weight is about 20-50kg. The list of information is as follows.

English(英名)ryukyu wild boar
scientific name(学名)Sus scrofa riukiuanus

About habitat

Ryukyu boars are distributed in Japan. Among them, they are concentrated in Kyushu and the Nansei Islands, including Amami Oshima, Kakeroma Island, Uke Island, Yoro Island, Tokunoshima, Ishigaki Island, and Iriomote Island. Some of them can even be seen in Okinawa.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

The Ryukyu boar is characterized by being much smaller than the Japanese boar. The Ryukyu boar is characterized by its black body, and it has become a problem because it destroys farmland, causing problems for farmers. It is considered a subspecies of wild boar. This wild boar has a keen sense of smell that allows it to detect even the slightest scent, allowing it to search for food. Basically, they live in forest areas.

What does the ecology look like?

Ryukyu boars search for and eat not only plants such as nuts and leaves, but also small animals such as earthworms and lizards. The reproductive form is viviparous. There are two breeding seasons a year. The lifespan is said to be about 10 years.

Are there any natural enemies?

Ryukyu boars have almost no natural enemies.

Is the Ryukyu wild boar an endangered species?

The Ryukyu wild boar is classified as endangered in the Okinawa Prefecture Red Data Book and is carefully protected. Ryukyu boars can destroy farmland and are often removed by farmers as pests. Ryukyu boar meat is also eaten as hot pot dishes, yakiniku, and sashimi, and the demand for Ryukyu boar meat has increased with the increase in tourists and population, and hunting has progressed considerably, causing the population to decline.

Can Ryukyu boars be kept as pets?

Ryukyu wild boars are designated as an endangered species and are extremely difficult to keep. We recommend viewing it at a zoo.


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