The captive breeding centre in Assam maintains the only captive population of pygmy hogs in the world. This captive population was founded by just 6 wild hogs and increased by 1200% in just 6 years with help from Durrell.
An international agreement was signed by partners, including Durrell, to form the Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme - the turning point for the future of this species. This partnership has led efforts to save the pygmy hog for nearly 20 years.
The successful captive breeding programme has enabled the release of 85 pygmy hogs into new sites in the grasslands of Assam in an effort to boost the wild population.