Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Common Warthog


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Phacochoerus africanus
PROFILE:

Common warthogs are grazers, and they are particularly fond of roots and berries, although they have been known to eat carrion (dead animals). They live in family groups called soundlings and rely on the help of two bird species, the red-billed and yellow-bellied oxpeckers. These birds clean them of tasty parasites and alert them with alarm calls if a predator is near.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulate)
NATIVE TO:
sub-Saharan Africa
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Herbivore
LIFESPAN:
Wild - 11 to 18 years; zoos - up to 20 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Family groups; adult males usually solitary
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