Red River Hog

Potamochoerus porcus

About the Red River Hog

The red river hog is a wild member of the pig family. They live in groups, or ‘sounders’ of 4-20 animals, comprising of a male (boar), some adult sows and their piglets, in the forests and scrub regions and close to rivers in sub-Saharan Africa. They are also known to congregate around villages and to prey on domestic fowl. They have striking red fur with a long white crest of hair running down their back, and tassels of hair on elongated pointed ears. Mostly nocturnal, by day they hide in dense bushes and after sunset they roam around in groups, searching for food. They like to wallow in muddy ponds and streams, are good swimmers and swift runners.

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Also known as the bush pig.

They prefer areas near water.

Red river hogs are omnivorous which means they eat both meat and vegetation.

 

Red river hogs are omnivorous which means they eat both meat and vegetation. They use their powerful snouts to dig up roots and insects.

Red river hogs are from central and western African forests.

Red river hog are listed as least concern. Threats to wild populations are through hunting.

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