Red River Hog

The Red River Hog, also known as the Bush Pig, is native to Guinian and Congolian forests and wet savannahs of western Africa. They prefer areas near rivers and swamps.

They are the most brightly coloured of the African pigs with orange to reddish brown fur, black legs and white stripes along the spine. They are also the smallest of the African pigs with an average weight of 45 – 130 kg (100 – 285 lbs).

Red River Pigs are omnivores, eating roots, tubers, fruit, grasses eggs dead animals lizards and insects. They are primarily nocturnal and travel in groups of 6 to 10 animals, occasionally up to 20.

Red River Hog @ Safari Niagara

  • There are two Red River Hogs at Safari Niagara
  • They are found on the south side of the park near the Zooniversity.
  • Their names are Casey and Hagus.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Suidae
Genus: Potamochoerus
Species: P. porcus

Did you know?

  • Red River Hogs live up to 15 years in the wild but can reach an age of 20 years in captivity.
  • Family groups consist of one adult male, one or more females and their young.