Red River Hog

Scientific name:  Potamochoerus porcus
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Tropical forest & Savanna
Diet:  Omnivore
Weight:  45 - 115 kg
Size:  80 cm
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Red River hogs have spectacular ears with tassels and black dorsal stripes. They are experts at digging and their enclosure usually resembles a badly-ploughed field! They are fed on grass pellets, maize, oats, fruit and vegetables.

Although still plentiful in the wild, they are unpopular with local farmers as they are responsible for spreading livestock diseases and so are often killed. Hunting Red River hogs for bushmeat is also common practice.  When threatened, the Red River hoglets lie absolutely still until danger has passed. As they are stripy at birth, they blend very well into the long grass.

Red River hogs can live for up to 22 years and can produce between 3 and 6 young each year.

Conservation status
Extinct
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Endangered
Vulnerable
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated
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