Three little piggies... (plus one) by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
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The warthog or common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) is a wild member of the pig family (Suidae) found in grassland, savanna, and woodland in sub-Saharan Africa. The warthog is the only pig species that has adapted to grazing and savanna habitats. Its diet is omnivorous, composed of grasses, roots, berries and other fruits, bark, fungi, insects, eggs and carrion.
Warthogs are seasonal breeders. Rutting begins in the late rainy or early dry season and birthing begins near the start of the following rainy season. The typical gestation period is five to six months. Piglets begin grazing at about two to three weeks and are weaned by six months. Warthog young quickly attain mobility and stay close to their mothers for defense.
The warthog population in southern Africa is estimated to be about 250,000. Typical densities range between one and 10 per km2 in protected areas, but local densities of 77 per km2 were found on short grass in Nakuru National Park in Kenya. The species is susceptible to drought and hunting (especially with dogs), which may result in localized extinctions. The common warthog is present in numerous protected areas across its extensive range.
Warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • Renee D. Miranda
    Renee D. Mirandaover 4 years ago

    Cute

  • Thank you Renee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 4 years ago

    Great capture.

  • Thanks a lot Helen!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 4 years ago

    Such a great shot Konstantinos…..it makes me want to book another trip to the Kruger here in SA. Great wildlife photography.

  • Thank you very much Olitto!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magriet Meintjes
    Magriet Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Wow, well done, Just love this one!

  • Thanks a lot Magaret!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magriet Meintjes
    Magriet Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Excellent work!

  • Thank youvery much for your comment Magaret!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    How fabulous – I had to look closely before I made out that there were 4 of them!

  • Thank you very much mate, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magriet Meintjes
    Magriet Meintjesover 4 years ago

    25th August>>>>>>>>>1 DAY

  • It’s my pleasure Magaret!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellover 4 years ago

    8-30-10

    CONGRATULATIONS!
    WEEKEND MARATHON MANIA

  • Thanks a lot Pat, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparover 4 years ago

    Great work …!!!

  • Thank you very much Vaggypar!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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