Collared Peccary
Pecari tajacu
Within the Unites States, the Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu) is fairly common in many areas of south and west Texas as well as parts of Arizona and New Mexico. It is commonly called "Javelina" in Texas and elsewhere. Its range extends southward through Central America and into South America all the way to northern Argentina. It is truly a widespread animal which uses many different habitats from forests to deserts. It is a distant cousin of pigs, feral hogs, etc., but is not really considered a pig, despite its pig-like snout. The first two shots were taken in February, 2002, in Kenedy Co., Texas, with a Canon EOS 1V and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens on Fuji Velvia.
The shot of the walking animal here was from the same location in 2000. The shot of the animals at a water hole was taken in Starr Co., Texas in September, 1995, with a Canon T-90 and Sigma 500mm F/4.5 lens on Fuji Sensia.
The next four shots were taken in March, 2006 in Hidalgo Co., Texas with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens.