Red River Hog

Red River Hog

Animal's Behavior

With a bumpy face and small, sharp tusks, the red river hog is the most brightly colored of all wild pigs. Mainly nocturnal, they are great swimmers and can hold their breath for a long time. They are Africa’s smallest swine.

Eating Habits

Omnivorous, eating roots, tubers, grass, eggs, and even small mammals, birds and reptiles. Can cause problems for agricultural concerns as they love to root about the soil in search of food.

Range

Rainforests, near rivers and swamps.

Conservation Efforts

As it is a species of least concern, no efforts are underway.

Animal Facts

  • A long time ago, the red river hog was considered to be an orange colored bushpig!

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Potamocherus porcus

Classification

Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Cetartiodactyla, Artiodactyla, Suidae

Place of Birth

Africa

Size

Up to 250 pounds

Color

Red with black legs and white face

Lifespan

20 years

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Where to See

Audubon Zoo