Area of zoo
Pink Zone
Enclosure status
IUCN status
Least Concern
Scientific name
Phacochoerus africanus
Southern Africa
Grassy plains and open woodland

Warthog facts

  • They use natural holes or those left by aardvarks to hide in. Going in backwards ensures that their tusks are first out to defend themselves.
  • When times are tough they can go up to several months without water; however they preferably spend the majority of their time grazing and wallowing in mud to relieve themselves from the constant irritation of insects. Often birds will help them with this battle sitting on their backs and feeding off.

Land of the lions

What do warthogs look like?

These wild pigs have four sharp tusks, two upper that are large and curved and two lower and sharper that they use to dig up roots and bulbs. They have sparse hair in patchy tufts but are largely bald. Both males and females have ‘warts’ that are protective bumps on their faces giving them their name. Males have bigger ‘warts’ to cushion blows during fights with other males.

What do warthogs eat?

Grasses, roots, fruits, bulbs and carrion

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Warthog threats

They are hunted for food by humans, crocodiles and big cats. They can jump over two metres into the air trying to avoid danger.

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