This photograph of a javelina mother, baby, and herd was taken at the Tucson Wildlife Center.
Desert Duets: Javelina Info Web Page
Pronunciation Guide: Hah - vuh - lee - na (It rhymes with ballerina.)
Information about Javelinas
Phew! What is that smell? If you're walking in the desert, you may catch the musky scent of a javelina before you actually see the animal. Javelinas have a glands under their eyes and at the top of their back ends. Their scent is strongest when they are excited. No doubt coming across you in its territory will make a javelina smell especially stinky.
"Javelina" is a Spanish word used in Arizona and the Southwest for the "collared peccary." Javelinas get their name from their sharp tusks. In Spanish, javelina means "spear." Collared peccaries live in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts in Arizona, New Mexico, southwestern Texas, and farther south through Mexico, Central America, and all the way to northern Argentina in South America.
For fun, you can draw a map of the javelina's range.