Warthog, Arusha National Park, Tanzania by Adrian Paul

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The Warthog or Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) is a wild member of the pig family that lives in grassland, savanna, and woodland in Sub-Saharan Africa.[

The common name comes from the four large, wart-like protrusions found on the head of the warthog, which serve as a fat reserve and are used for defense when males fight. Afrikaans-speaking people call the animal “vlakvark”, meaning “pig of the plains”.

This photo was taken during a guided walk in Arusha National Park, Tanzania where the guide carried a rifle in unlikely case of an attack by a warthog.

Camera – Nikon D80; Lens – Tamron 28 – 300 VC



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I am a retired secondary school English teacher and live in Coffs Harbour (NSW) Australia.

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  • Macky
    Mackyabout 2 years ago

    Great pose Adrian, congrats!!

  • I think he’s done this before! Thanks Macky.

    – Adrian Paul

  • jozi1
    jozi1about 2 years ago
  • Thanks Jozi

    – Adrian Paul

  • myraj
    myrajabout 2 years ago

    Great capture and interesting reading Adrian. Never heard of this ‘beastie’ RB is so educational.

  • Thanks Myra. Ye’s the sort of a creature that only his mother could love.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 2 years ago

    What a handsome fellow!!

  • Macky
    Mackyabout 2 years ago

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 2 years ago

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 2 years ago

    17 Jan. 2013

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