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Number of white-lipped peccaries, a keystone species of Mesoamerica, down by up to 90% since 1980s

In 2000, Rafael Reyna-Hurtado spotted a herd of white-lipped peccaries for the first time in the Mayan Forest. The sight, he says, took his breath away. Never before in his life had he seen nearly a hundred animals of the same species move so steadfastly, perfectly in a straight line, he says.

“I was amazed,” Reyna-Hurtado says of unexpectedly encountering them while helping a friend study tropical deer in Mexico. “It’s a reason why I wanted to study peccaries.”

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