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Living in social groups called sounders, red river hogs barrel their way through the forest in search of food. Using their strong snouts and sharp tusks to bulldoze through the leaf litter and soil, they dig up a dinner of roots, bulbs, other plants and small animals.

red river hog running

Did You Know?

A striped coat that will fade with age hides young hogs as they rest in a secluded nest.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Potamochoerus porcus

Western and central Africa

Rainforest, forest and savanna woodland

3.5 to 5 ft

15 years

Zoo Location:
Cheetah Encounter

Primarily roots and bulbs, some other plant parts and small animals