RED RIVER HOGPotamochoerus porcus
Conservation Status: Low Risk / Least Concern
Shaggy red coat, black legs, contrasting black and white markings on head. Leaf shaped ears with long black and white tassels. A tufted white stripe along the spine.
Length 39-57 inches, height 20-30 inches, tail 12-18 inches
110 to 250 pounds
Central to southern Africa
Wet forested areas, including lowland forests up to mountain forests
Approx. 4 months
Weaned after 3-4 months; females sexually mature at 3 years
Omnivorous: fruits, tubers, roots, berries, small mammals, small reptiles, birds, eggs, insects, carrion.
Nocturnal; rest during the day in a self excavated burrow. Have a large nose for rooting and digging. Live in small troops of 4 up to 20; a male (boar), several females (sows) and their piglets.
1. Have two razor sharp tusks that extend from their mouth used for cutting through woody roots and tubers.
2. Excellent sense of smell.
3. A group of red river hogs is called a “drift” or a “herd”.
4. Fast runners, good swimmers.