Babirusas are seriously threatened throughout their remaining range. The total wild population numbers are unknown, but unlikely to be more than a few thousand individuals, and dwindling rapidly as a result of continued illegal poaching and the loss of habitat from logging (7) (9). The loss and degradation of habitat from large-scale commercial logging not only deprives the babirusa of their moist forest habitat, but also increases their exposure to hunters (7). Although this species is fully protected by law, many animals are still caught and sold in local markets, especially in north Sulawesi where pig meat is considered a delicacy (3). Due to the babirusa's slow reproductive rate these threats unfortunately have a significant impact on the population (9).
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