Hampton J. Pig and Olivia have done it again – welcoming a litter of six again this year – the sixth year in a row these lovers have produced piglets. Hampton and Olivia are both eight years old Guinea Hogs. The six piglets, as well as their parents, are currently on exhibit at the Zoo through the summer season. Visitors are invited to come to the Zoo to meet the rambunctious new additions to the Beardsley Zoo’s family.
The piglets range in weight from just under one pound to two pounds. When fully grown, Guinea Hogs may reach 100 to 300 pounds. They also are known as Pineywoods Guinea, Acorn eater, Guinea Forest hog, and Yard pig. According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), the hogs were once the most numerous pig breed found on farms in the Southeast but today there are fewer than 200. Guinea hogs are classified as critical, versus endangered, by ALBC and are unique to the United States.
The Zoo exhibits the Guinea Hogs in the New England Farmyard. The Zoo’s one male and two female Guinea Hogs came from Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita and Virginia Zoo respectively.
The zoo, located on 1875 Noble Ave in Bridgeport Connecticut is open seven days a week, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for more information http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/