Warthog

Our Warthog, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Warthog (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Warthog Facts
Warthog
Phacochoerus aethiopicus

Type
Mammal
Life Span
15 years
Size
3-4.9 ft in length
Average Weight
120-250 lbs
Group Name
Sounder
Group Size
Varies
Name of Young
Piglet

Our Warthog, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Warthogs are a wild pig that live in the savannahs of Africa. Their name comes from the protrusions on the sides of their heads.
  • Most of their herbivorous diet consists of short grasses. Warthogs kneel while they graze and have calluses on their knees to protect their legs. They also eat roots and bulbs.
  • They either dig their own burrows or use abandoned aardvarks burrows as dens. When threatened, they will back into the hole in reverse, so that they can defend with their tusks.
  • Warthogs have poor vision, but have good hearing and eyesight. They are also fast runners and can reach speeds of 35 mph.
  • Warthogs can go long periods without drinking water, but will seek it out to wallow. This allows them to cool off as well as to deter bothersome insects.

Did You Know?

A warthog has two pairs of tusks that curve upwards. One longer pair protruding from their upper jaw and a shorter pair on the bottom. These tusks can be used for digging or self defense. The lower tusks can inflict deep wounds.