Red River Hog

The Red River Hog, Potamochoerus porcus, also known as the African Pygmy Hog or just bushpig, is a small species of wild pig found in the forests and savannas of West and Central Africa. These hogs are known for their distinctive red-brown fur, which is sparse and bristly, and their long legs and slender bodies.

Red River Hog

Red River Hogs are omnivores, feeding on a variety of plants, fruits, roots, insects, and small animals. They are social animals and live in family groups, led by a dominant male. The females give birth to litters of 2-6 piglets, which they nurse and protect fiercely.

Red River Hog or bushpig

Despite their small size, Red River Hogs are tough and adaptable animals that have been able to survive in a wide range of habitats. However, their populations have declined in recent years due to habitat loss, hunting, and other human activities. As a result, the species is considered endangered and is protected by law in many countries.

In The Gambia, for example, it is certainly not uncommon for bushpig to be on the BBQ menu…

Red River Hog, head-on view

Efforts are underway to conserve the Red River Hog and its habitats. In addition to protective legislation, conservationists are working to reestablish populations in areas where they have been lost and to promote sustainable hunting practices that do not harm the species. With these efforts, it is hoped that the Red River Hog will be able to thrive for many years to come. Here’s hoping…

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