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Free images of Red River Hogs

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Red River Hog on grass.Red River Hogs [Potamochoerus  porcus] are also known as “Bush Pigs” but should not be confused with Bushpigs [P. larvatus].  They live in rainforests, wet savannas, lakes and marshes in western and central Africa.  Despite their name, their bristly, colourful hair is not always red.  Colouring depends upon where they live, with most hogs being reddish brown.  A white stripe runs down the back of the pig.  The tufts of hair that extend from the tips of their ears are called “tassels”.  

Mature males have humps or ridges called "warts" on their snouts.  Both sexes have tusks.  Adults can reach up to 5 feet in length and weigh up to 285 pounds.

Right:  Lincoln Park Zoo Red River Hog - 8 png

Red River Hogs are omnivores which means they eat both plants and animals.  While their main diet consists of roots and turnips, they also enjoy fruits, grasses, herbs, insects, lizards, eggs, and animal and plant remains.  This species is usually nocturnal hiding in dense brush during the day.  They live in "herds" of between 6-20 hogs led by a dominant boar.  Their life span may be up to 20 years.

Did you know... 

that Red River Hogs are very social animals and live in family groups that are called “sounders”?  A male and female pair mates for life.  The male hog plays an active role in defending and looking after the young.

Although they are listed as “least concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, its numbers are declining because they are hunted for wild meat.

 

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Red River Hog at Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo Red River Hog - 8  (Female)

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Lincoln Park Zoo Red River Hog - 9  (Female)

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Did you know... 

that the long tufts of hair (tassels) that extend from their ears helps the Red River hog to brush insects away from its eyes? 

 

Female Red River Hog

Lincoln Park Zoo Red River Hog - 10  (Female)

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Did you know... 

that herds are led by a dominant boar (female)? 

 

Female Red River Hog eating grass Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo Red River Hog - 11  (Female)

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Red River Hogs at the Lincoln Zoo can be found in the Regenstein African Journey section of the zoo.

 

 

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Toronto Zoo Red River Hog - 1

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Toronto Zoo Red River Hog - 2

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Typically, Red River Hogs are mostly active during the night.  Notice the long hairs - "tassels" on the leaf-shaped ears.  The hog will spread its ears as a defense and use the tassels to look bigger than it actually is. 

 

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Toronto Zoo Red River Hog - 3

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Did you know... 

that Red River Hogs fight by butting heads and whipping each other with their tails?

 

face eye ear tusk of red river hog toronto zoo

Toronto Zoo Red River Hog - 4

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Upper tusks in the muzzle are small and almost invisible.  Lower tusks are significantly larger and may grow to be about 18 cm in length.

 

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Toronto Zoo Red River Hog - 5

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 Toronto Zoo Red River Hog - 6

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Toronto Zoo Red River Hog - 7  (Male)

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Toronto Zoo Red River Hog - 8  (Male)

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The Red River Hogs are located in the African Rainforest  Section of the Toronto Zoo

Want to know more?  Why not visit the Toronto Zoo’s website 
and
read all about Red River Hogs here.

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"If all the beasts 
were gone,
 men would die from 
a great loneliness 
of spirit, 
for whatever happens 
to the beasts 
also happens to the man.  
All things are connected.  Whatever befalls 
the Earth 
befalls the sons 
of the Earth."

~ Chief Seattle 
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to a mute creature 
as it is to man.  
Just as one wants happiness 
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and not die, 
so do other creatures."

~ His Holiness 
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any of God's creatures 
from the shelter 
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~ St. Francis of Assisi ~

 

 

 

 

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