Warthog, Arusha National Park, Tanzania

Adrian Paul

Coffs Harbour, Australia

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The Warthog or Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) is a wild member of the pig family that lives in grassland, savanna, and woodland in Sub-Saharan Africa.[

The common name comes from the four large, wart-like protrusions found on the head of the warthog, which serve as a fat reserve and are used for defense when males fight. Afrikaans-speaking people call the animal “vlakvark”, meaning “pig of the plains”.

This photo was taken during a guided walk in Arusha National Park, Tanzania where the guide carried a rifle in unlikely case of an attack by a warthog.

Camera – Nikon D80; Lens – Tamron 28 – 300 VC

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