THE WARTHOG, Phacochoerus aethiopicus - The signal catcher ! by Magaret Meintjes

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Captured Location: Groenland safri’s, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

Nikon D50
Lens:Sigma 70-300mm
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure Mode:
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/50 sec – F/5.6
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
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    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • thank you so much for the honor dear trish, I am so happy! xx

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    Johan Nijenhuisalmost 4 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture, great work Magaret!

  • Thank you so much Konstantinos, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • KMorral
    KMorralalmost 4 years ago

    Great action capture, love the focus.

  • Thank you so much xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot! This would be perfect for The Ridiculous and Ugly Even-toed Ungulate challenge in The Even-toed Ungulates group.

  • Thank you so much, did enter the challenge with a different shot of the warthog! Thanks for the advice, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    Great movement, Maggie!

  • thank you so much David x

    – Magaret Meintjes

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  • Thank you so much sweet friend xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

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