- Scientific Name:
- Potamochoerus porcus
- Park Location:
- Children’s Planet
- Central and Western Africa
- Rainforests, Rivers and Swamps
- Their bright reddish-brown fur with a white mane that runs down the middle of their back, along with spectacular ears which are long and pointed with prominent tufts make them stand out from our other pigs.
- They are able to use their snouts to flip heavy logs in order to find food whilst foraging
Red river hogs are omnivores feeding mainly on roots, berries and fruit in the wild but are also known to eat small mammals, reptiles and birds eggs when available.
They spend a lot of their adult life searching for food and use their sensitive disc-like snout to identify edible items. They are usually more active at night, however sometimes they forage for food in the mornings and evenings. Our hogs are fed a diet of fruit and vegetables along with special hog pellets designed to give them the extra nutrients they need.
Red river hogs are relatively widespread across Central and Western Africa and can generally be found in rainforests preferring areas near rivers and swamps. Their range extends from Senegal in the west, all the way through the Guinea-Congo forest, and as far as the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are highly sociable animals forming family groups of up to 4-6 individuals led by a dominant male.
The red river hog is not considered to be threatened and is classed as least concern by the IUCN red list. However some areas in Africa have seen a decline in their numbers due to uncontrolled hunting. They are seen as agricultural pests by farmers and are killed due to them spreading livestock diseases. They are also hunted for the commercial bush meat trade and as a result are now one of the most hunted species in the Congo Basin.