Red River Hog

Red River Hog

Red River Hog
Potamochoerus porcus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Artiodactyla
FAMILY
Suidae

Range

Africa, south of the Sahara to northern South Africa


Habitat

Rainforest, forest and savanna woodland


Diet

Omnivores. They will eat just about anything including tubers, roots, insects, worms, grass, berries, small mammals, and carrion.

Weight

100 - 290 lbs.

Body Length

3 - 5 ft.

Height

2 - 3 ft.

Gestation

122 days

Young

Avg. 2 - 4 piglets

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • It uses its snout like a plow to dig up roots and find food.
  • They are good swimmers, holding their tails above the water.
  • They live in social groups called sounders. Males are called boars and females are called sows.
  • The upper tusks are relatively small and almost invisible, while the lower ones are razor sharp and grow 3 inches long.
  • Young are striped pale yellow and dark brown. At 3 months, the stripes fade to a rufous coat with a black and white dorsal crest.

 

Conservation

Due in part to a human-caused reduction of one of their natural predators, the leopard, the red river hog is faring pretty well.

However, it is hunted as an agricultural pest and for the commercial bushmeat trade.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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