BEAUTY IN THE WARTHOG - Phacochoerus aethiopicus - vlakvark

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

Artist's Description

WARTHOG – Phacochoerus aethiopicus
LOCATION CAPTURED: The Kruger National Park SOUTH AFRICA

Nikon D50
Lens: VR 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 D
1/200 sec – F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO 200

SHOULDER HEIGHT: 72cm
MASS: 68-72kg
GESTATION: 160 – 170 days; average litter 3-4 piglets

The warthog is a gregarious, diurnal animal that lives in abandoned aardvark holes.
It enters its hole backwards, a protective measure which enables it to make a quick escape. The male has two pairs of warts. The pair on the muzzle is absent in the female. The warthog is fond of wallowing and rubbing its mud-covered body on stumps, rocks and tree trunks. Its habit of rooting for grass rhizomes often leads to the creation of a wallow. Sight is poor although it has good scent and hearing.
When approached a warthog will often advance towards you, running off only when certain what you are.
It falls prey to lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.
DIET: Grass, roots, bulbs and tubers. Will eat fruit, although it favors short grass. It feeds by resting on its front knees. Requires water daily.

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