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Red River Hog

Potamochoerus Porcus

Red River hogs are very social animals! These wild hogs are also known as bush pigs, and are one of the most colorful members of the pig family. They live near water in march and swamp areas of the rainforest in family groups of 4-20 animals. As omnivores they eat the roots of plants, fruits, eggs, lizards, insects and dead animals. They are good swimmers and make a variety of vocalizations including grunts, squeals, and roars. Most of the animals in the African area of the zoo are from the grassland savanna of the Kalahari Desert. Our Red River hogs are from the Congo River Basin, the second largest rainforest in the world.

Fun Facts


Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Suidae

Genus: Potamochoerus

Species: P. Porcus


The red river hog lives in rainforest, wet dense savannas, and forested valleys, and near rivers, lakes and marshes. The species' distribution ranges from the Congo area and Gambia to the eastern Congo, southwards to the Kasai and the Congo River.