5th February 2019 marks the start of the Year of the Pig in the Chinese horoscope. Our Pigs gallery celebrates Domesticated and Wild Pigs in all their diversity. There are 17 species of old world pigs (Suidae), ranging in size from the tiny Indian Pygmy hog to the Giant forest hog of central Africa, and 3 species of peccaries or new world pigs (Tayassuidae). Pigs are highly social, intelligent, omnivorous mammals. The Eurasian wild boar, widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North Africa, is the ancestor of the domesticated pig, which now has an estimated total population of more than 1 billion. Pigs were one of the earliest domesticated species, probably around 9,000 years ago.
Klein & Hubert / Domestic Tamworth x Berkshire pig in meadow in spring, Germany
Klein & Hubert / Duroc x Bentheimer domestic pig boar, portrait.
Klein & Hubert / Large white x Pietrain pigs, in meadow, France
Claudio Contreras / Collared peccary (Pecari tajacu) Laredo Borderlands, Texas, USA. April
Nick Garbutt / Male Bearded Pig (Sus barbatus) at forest wallow. Bako NP, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.
Ann & Steve Toon / Wild boar (Sus scrofa), captive, UK, June
Paul Williams / Bearded Pig (Sus barbatus) digging for crabs. Borneo
Ann & Steve Toon / RF - Warthog male (Phacochoerus africanus) drinking, Zimanga game reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, June. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Sandesh Kadur / Pygmy Hog (Porcula salvania) foraging. Captive, member of a reintroduction project. Assam, eastern India.
Klein & Hubert / Porc Blanc de l'Ouest / Western white domestic pig (Sos scrofa domesticus) resting in mud, close up of snout and ears, free range organic farm, France.
Alex Hyde / Bearded pig (Sus barbatus) foraging for food at night, Maliau Basin, Sabah, Borneo.
Klein & Hubert / Three piglets (Sus scrofa domestica) Turopolje crossed with Duroc x Bentheimer, age one month, playing in snow, Germany.
Klein & Hubert / Piglets lying on hay in spring
Alex Mustard / RF- Domestic pig (Sus domestica) swimming in sea. Exuma Cays, Bahamas. Tropical West Atlantic Ocean. This family of pigs live on this beach in the Bahamas and enjoy swimming in the sea. (This image ma...
Nick Turner / Gloucester old spot piglets (Sus scrofa domestica) suckling at the Cotswold Farm Show, Cirencester, UK, July 2008.
Nick Turner / Gloucester old spot domestic pig (Sus scrofa domestica) head portrait with ring through snout and ears covering eyes, UK.
Klein & Hubert / Large white x Pietrain pig in meadow, France
Edwin Giesbers / Three juvenile Wild Boar (Sus scrofa). The Netherlands, January.
Klein & Hubert / Piglet (Sus scrofa domestica) Turopolje crossed with Duroc x Bentheimer, age one month, stretching in snow. Germany.
Klein & Hubert / Domestic Berkshire pigs feeding in meadow in spring, Germany
Klein & Hubert / Domestic Tamworth pig x Berkshire in meadow in spring, Germany.
Ernie Janes / Domestic pig, free range sow and piglet sniffing noses, UK, August 2010
Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch / Domestic Pig (Sus scrofa domesticus) black-spotted piglet digging in the ground with its nose, northern Germany