Warthog

BEHAVIOUR

Warthogs are day animals and spend most of their time looking for food. They are normally found in family groups. Warthogs have the peculiar habit of kneeling on the front knees while feeding and foraging in a localised area. They shelter in burrows at night, which they enter tail first. Socially, three main groups are encountered, namely solitary boars, bachelor groups and matriarchal groups. Matriarchal groups consist of adult sows with their young and yearlings. Boars play no part in rearing piglets and seldom associate with sows outside the mating process. Promiscuous, both sexes will mate with more than one partner. Warthogs can frequently be found at waterholes where they dig in the marsh and wallow in the mud with obvious enthusiasm.

The African Warthog received its name from the wart-like bumps it has on its head. Although they are not very beautiful, they are extremely adaptable.

The common warthog is a wild member of the pig family found in grassland, savanna, and woodland in sub-Saharan Africa.  The most commonly seen wild pig in the African bush here at Sibuya Game Reserve.

Did you know: Sparse bristles cover the warthog’s body, and longer bristles form a mane from the top of the head down the spine to the middle of the back.

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