THE WARTHOG – Phacochoerus aethiopicus

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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Nikon D50
Viewed 412 on 24 Oct 2010
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm
Focal Length: 300mm
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Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
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WARTHOG – Phacochoerus aethiopicus
LOCATION CAPTURED: GROENLAND GAME LODGE, Limpopo Province, South Africa

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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