Published Jan 29, 2019 at 3:21 PM | Updated at 3:26 PM PST on Jan 29, 2019
As February begins, you can bet you'll see oodles of cute images bearing the likenesses of boars, and pigs, and curly tails, and handsome snouts. For the Year of the Pig is due, and while Lunar New Year celebrations will feature all sorts of photos and illustrations of the star animal, there is a place you'll want to go to admire the grunty-good wonders in person, or, in pig, if you prefer.
It's the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which is the home of some very fine swine, including two new Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs named Petunia and Pua. They just arrived on public view at the Winnick Family Children's Zoo in December 2018, hurrah. But your pigly adventures can continue, for there are other snout-tastic, super-smart porcine residents to visit, including the zoo's Visayan warty pigs. These "critically endangered wild pigs" hail from a pair of islands in the central Philippines, while the striking babirusa may be found in the "swamps in the rain forests of Indonesia — specifically the Indonesian islands of Sulawesi, Togian, Sula, and Buru (and they're "found nowhere else in the world," says the zoo).
What an auspicious way to embrace the joys of the Lunar New Year, and the Year of the Pig: By swooning over swine, specifically the noble, beautiful, and truly swoon-worthy pigs of the LA Zoo.