Mayumi is a curious young pig. She likes to play and explore the forest that is her home. She doesn’t mind when she gets separated from her family until nightfall when the noises of the forest are scary and she realises she does need her family after all.
Pigs like Mayumi live on the islands of Negros and Panay in the Philippines. All the animals she meets are found on these islands.
Illustrated by Ingrid Tan
Mayumi is a Visayan warty pig (Sus cebifrons) – one of four species of wild pig that are endemic to the Philippines – the others are Philippine warty pig (Sus philippensis), Mindoro warty pig (Sus oliveri) and Palawan bearded pig(Sus ahoenobarbus).
Visayan warty pigs are critically endangered. They have already disappeared from perhaps as much as 95% of their former range.
What’s the difference between domesticated and wild animals?
Most pigs that we see, and those that we eat, are domesticated. Domestic animals are those that have been modified by being close to humans and by being bred to best suit what humans want. Wild animals live without direct influence from humans.
- Draw a map of the forest where Mayumi lives and mark on the animals that she meets in the story.
Sunbird colouring sheet
Mayumi sees colourful sunbirds in the forest and wonders what it would be like to be multi-coloured.
Click on the picture below to download the colouring sheet. Make up your own colours or use the colours in the picture below to colour the sunbird species that Mayumi saw.