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Frankie, the Kunekune

Explored September 12, 2012 at #30.


This is a Kunekune, a breed of pig originating in New Zealand. He is about four months old. Before we saw him in the Barnyard area, we were hearing lots of grunting and squealing in a room not normally used. We peeked in and there was this adorable piglet. We talked to him and he calmed down and started making cute squealy noises. This is a new addition to our little zoo.


The kunekune (play /ˈkuːnikuːni/ KOO-nee-koo-nee)[1] is a small breed of domestic pig from New Zealand. Kunekune are hairy, and have a dumpy build and can have wattles (or piri piri) hanging from their lower jaw. Colour ranges include black and white, ginger, cream, gold-tip, black, brown and tri-coloured. They have a placid, friendly nature and, like the pot-bellied pig, are now often kept as pets.


By the 1980s only an estimated 50 purebred kunekune remained. Michael Willis and John Simister, wildlife-park owners, started a breeding recovery program, which in turn encouraged other recovery efforts. As of 2010[update] the breed no longer faces extinction, with breed societies in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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Taken on September 12, 2012