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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.


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


Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Cetartiodactyla, Artiodactyla, Suidae

Place of Birth



Up to 250 pounds


Red with black legs and white face


20 years

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Where to See

Audubon Zoo

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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