A silver swining: ‘destructive’ pigs help build rainforests

3 Mar 2021
Wild pig
Wild pigs or boars (Sus scorfa) are native to Malaysia and also the entire of Eurasia, and are invasive in all other continents, including Australia and the Americas.

Wild pigs are often maligned as ecosystem destroyers, but a University of Queensland study has found they also cultivate biodiverse rainforests in their native habitats.

Dr Matthew Luskin has been researching the effect of native pigs in Malaysian rainforests and found their nests may be critical to maintaining diverse and balanced tree communities.

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