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Red River Hog Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Potamochoerus porcus
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Artiodactyla
  • Range

    Central Africa

  • Status

    Red river hogs are considered a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

  • Habitat

    Forests and grasslands

  • Niche

    Red river hogs eat a diverse diet—everything from grasses and fruit to small animals. Individuals will use strong teeth to dig for roots; males also use their tusks to mark territory by scraping tree trunks.

  • Life History

    Red river hogs live in social groups averaging 4–15 members, typically with one dominant male. Females give birth to litters of one–six young; four are average. The little ones are initially secured in a large grass nest as they grow. Both the mother and dominant male care for piglets.

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