Giant Peccary Discovery

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 2nd, 2007

Giant Peccary

You may be seeing news reports this week of the discovery of a giant peccary (Pecari maximus) in Brazil’s River Aripuana basin, which is part of the Amazon system. See examples here and here.

Cryptomundo reported on this finding on July 24, 2006, in my blog “New Giant Peccary.”

However, due to the research findings being published in the scientific journal Bonner zoologische Beiträge on 29 October 2007, the giant peccary is in the news again.

It is the same one, and not a new “giant peccary” species. It, nevertheless, remains a remarkable discovery.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

10 Responses to “Giant Peccary Discovery”

  1. easternbigfoot2 responds:

    Glad to see it. :mrgreen:

  2. tombombadil responds:

    Great post Loren, the giant peccary discovery is very interesting. I have been looking for a comprehensive list of cryptid discoveries. I have been able to find short lists that include former cryptids like ceolacanth, komodo dragons, ivory billed woodpeckers and the like. I was hoping you or one of the other cryptomundians out here could direct me to a more extensive list that also includes the names of the people that made these great discoveries. Thanks everyone.

  3. rbhess responds:

    It’s this kind of thing that puts the lie to the idea that there are “no undiscovered large species” out there in the world. It also puts the lie to the notion that local wisdom is untrustworthy.

  4. Pentastar responds:

    How large is it?
    I went looking for some info about it but couldn’t find anything.
    Does anyone know where I can find info?

  5. YourPTR! responds:

    Very impressive new discovery Loren and great to hear about it, thanks! 🙂

  6. mystery_man responds:

    I don’t buy it. Clearly that is a photo of a mangy bear. 🙂 Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I have no doubt that we are a ways away from discovering every large mammal out there.

  7. Artist responds:

    Oh, a REAL Giant Peccary! Sorry, wrong post – I thought this was the one about Beckjord.

  8. DWA responds:

    Checked out one of the linked sites and found similar news.

    Huge herds of herbivores – likened by one researcher to those of the Serengeti – discovered in southern Sudan, an area racked with almost three decades of civil war and the inevitable bushmeat hunting. And it’s virtually all open country. It’s not like these animals were hidden or anything.

    Large and unexpected numbers of megafauna in logged-over Sumatran forests all but given up for dead.

    And (we talked about it here although some time back) a new species of leopard – obviously different, at a glance, from the species of which it was considered to be a part for over a century.

    And they say the sasquatch can’t exist because it has nowhere to hide. North America is a lot bigger than the Sudan – definitely more so than Sumatra – and much less densely populated.

    Not to mention which, its people spend much less time outside than people in those other places.

  9. DARHOP responds:

    Kool! Any new animal discovery is always good news.

  10. xznofile responds:

    I think the name might be new but big peccaries have been known for years. I lived in La Paz Bolivia in the late ’60s. There was a city zoo between Avaneda Arce and the river that might be low budget by todays standard, you could climb into the pens and go in after dark. it was genuinely “interactive”. There was a pen with several huge Peccaries (by Texas standards), located across the path from the Puma cage, she sat out on her veranda in the evening and purred at the peccaries, feeling well cared for. I think the Peccaries liked her too. they came up to the fence expecting scratches from every one.

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