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Red River Hog

Zoo Location: Savannah
Red River Hog
Habitat

Thickets, forests, savannahs and swamps.

Wild Diet

Grasses, water plants, roots, bulbs, fruit, carrion and small animals.

Behaviour

Red river hogs are very sociable living in groups called 'sounders' that contain up to 15 animals. They use their good sense of smell to find and uncover food, then use the topof their nose for shovelling.

Breeding

After a gestation of 4 months, 2-4 piglets are born in a hollow tree or dense nest of gathered vegetation. The young are dark brown with pale yellow stripes.

Threats

Habitat destruction and being hunted for food.

Conservation

Duisberg Zoo, in Germany, holds the ESB (European Stud Book) for the red river hog.

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Potamochoerus porcus
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Artiodactyla
  • Family: Suidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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