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Common warthog

Phacochoerus africanus

Description:

The common warthog is a distinctive species of wild pig. Unlike other pigs it is predominantly a grazer. This individual was part of a bachelor group of young males which regularly visited the back garden of the farmhouse on the UmPhafa nature reserve. When older these bachelor groups dispand and the mature males will become solitary. Females however stay in social groups of up to 16 individuals throughout life and care for their collective offspring together.

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7 Comments

AmySutcliffe
AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks all.
C.Sydes - Yes I think they will probably take a look at other food opportunities. I've also been suspicous of them at least sampling a bit of meat. I put some bait out for carnivores and set a camera trap recently, I did get a jackal or two but most of the footage was warthogs and they seemed pretty interested in the chicken guts. :-)

vanhevel
vanhevel 9 years ago

fascinating series!

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 9 years ago

Great photos. Their diet probably is predominantly vegetarian but I think they are also opportunists; I observed a family enthusiastically tucking into a carcass. I was too far away across a river to be sure but it looked like the remains of an Impala.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

I think they cool.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

I'm a lover of the warthog too!

AmySutcliffe
AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thank you, I know they're not everyone's idea of beauty but I think they're lovely.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Grate series Amy
like the second shot

AmySutcliffe
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Emnambithi-Ladysmith Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Dec 4, 2011
Submitted on Feb 14, 2012

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