CAPTURED: Groenland Safari’s, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Focal Length: 72mm
Exposure Mode:
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/400 sec – F/3.5
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV

WARTHOG – Phacochoerus aethiopicus

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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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 4 years ago

    Aaaah, the wonderful treatment of a hot mud bath.. . lovely shot Magaret! And some very interesting info.

  • Thank you so much Maree, happy you enjoyed! take care x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Warthogs are just the best. Great shot, Maggie!

  • Thank you for your visit and kind comment dear friend, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Great capture!
    The mud bath treatment hasn’t done a great deal for his beauty though :)

  • You’re on the dot! thank you sweet Trish !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much Kay, I am humbly honoured! take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 4 years ago

    He looks like he’s enjoying himself immersed in all that mud. Sure hope he isn’t stuck. Barb

  • Thank yiou so much Barb, a feast or a warthog!

    – Magaret Meintjes

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