Collared Peccary

Pecari Tajacu

Collared peccaries, also called javelinas, are related to pigs, but are actually in a family of their own called Tayassuidae. They are found throughout much of the tropical and subtropical Americas, ranging from the Southwestern United States to South America. They feed on fruits, roots, tubers, palm nuts, grasses, invertebrates, and small invertebrates.

Fun Facts


Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Tayassuidae

Genus: Dicotyles

Species: P. Tajacu


They live in desert washes, saguaro and palo verde forests, oak woodlands, and grasslands with mixed shrubs and cacti.