Babirusa mother with two piglets.
ANIMALS

Babirusa

At A Glance

  • Conservation Status: Threatened
  • Location: Lost Forest
  • ZOO ZONE: Lost Forest

    Babirusas live in wetlands and swamps within the rain forests of Indonesia's islands of Sulawesi, Togian, Sula, and Buru—and they are found nowhere else. Sulawesi babirusas are sometimes called "pig deer" because of adult males' unusual upper tusks, which grow right through the top of their snout. Both adult males and females have a pair of lower tusks, but only males have those distinctive uppers that look a bit like misplaced antlers. 

    koala with joey

    Australian Wildlife Relief

    Plush-crested Jay in the Zoo's Parker Aviary
    ZOONOOZ

    The Brainy Bunch

    Meet Some Smart Birds
    Mother polar bear with cub.
    ZOONOOZ

    Tracking Polar Bears...and More!

    Keeping Tabs in the Wild
    Masai giraffe
    GO BEHIND THE SCENES

    INSIDE LOOK TOURS

    Young brother and sister, mother and father wearing matching San Diego Zoo t-shirts.
    SHOPZOO

    ZOO FAMILY APPAREL

    Hotel with pool
    Creature Comforts

    PREFERRED HOTELS