African Wild Pigs
Facts about African wild pigs
Learn about a face only a mother could love African wild pigs also known as warthogs.
1. African wild pigs live in many countries of Africa; Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
2. Scientific name of African wild pig is Phacochoerus aethiopicus.
3. Warthogs are a wild member of the pig family.
4. African wild pigs are very strong, smart animals.
5. Adult males average 28 to 30 inches long and 250 pounds; adult females average 25 to 28 inches long and 150 pounds.
6. African wild pig average lifespan is 15 years.
7. African wild pig are omnivorous eating both plants and meat.
8. The African wild pig will use its snout and tusks to dig for bulbs, tubers, and roots during the dry season.
9. During the wet season, they may eat earthworms and other small invertebrates.
10. African wild pig sleep and rest in holes.
11. African wild pigs have no fur or fat only sparsely grouped bristles.
12. The African wild pig lacks both protection from the sun and insulation from cold.
13. African wild pig live in family groups composed of a female and her young. Sometimes, two families, often of related females, will join together.Facts About Animals of Africa
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14. Male African wild pig normally live alone, only joining groups to mate.
15. Before giving birth to a new litter, the female African wild pigwill chase away the litter she has been raising and goes into isolation.
16. These abandoned juveniles may join up with another solitary female for a short time before they go out on their own.
17. The female African wild pig suckles the new litter, and each piglet has its own teat, suckling exclusively from it. Even if a piglet dies, the others do not suckle from the available nipple.
18. The African wild pig large tusks are two upper tusks emerge from the sides of the snout to form a semicircle; the lower tusks, at the base of the uppers, are worn to a sharp-cutting edge.
19. Sparse bristles cover the African wild pig body, and longer bristles form a mane from the top of the head down the spine to the middle of the back.
20. The African wild pig characteristically carries its tail upright when it runs, the tuft waving like a tiny flag.
21. African wild pig predators are lions, leopards, humans, crocodiles, and hyenas.Facts About Animals of Africa