Warthogs


The warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus, order Artiodactyla) is a sparsely haired, large-headed, blackish or brown member of the pig family. It is found in open and lightly forested areas of Africa and stands about 30 inches at the shoulder. It has a coarse mane extending from the neck to the middle of the back, and it has a long, thin, tufted tail that it carries high while it is running. The male has two pairs of bumps, or warts, on the face. Both sexes bear tusks; those of the lower jaw form sharp weapons, and those of the upper jaw curve upward and inward in a semicircle, attaining a length of more than 60 cm in some males. The warthog is a gregarious animal that feeds on grass and other vegetation. It often shelters in enlarged aardvark burrows, which it enters backward so as to be able to defend itself. 

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Serengeti NP / Lake Manyara NP, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Ngorongoro Conservation Area Serengeti National Park Lake Manyara NP

Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

 



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