Mar 27, 2012

River Boar (Potamochoerus porcus)

Did you know?

That the river boar involved demonstrations of different types of domain? During these fights, warts on the snout of the boar prevent any serious injury that could cause your teeth apart.

The river boar has a head to body length of 1 to 1.5 meters and has a shoulder height of 80 cm. The large adult males can weigh up to 100 kg. Its snout is elongated with two well-developed warts in older males. The body is short and flattened laterally. The West African subspecies has a shiny coat of reddish brown with a clear line cord that runs from neck to tail. The head has a clearly contrasted: mainly with a black mask with white areas around the eyes and long hair on the ears. 

The favorite habitat of the river boar are high forests, margins, and dense bush areas. They live in groups of 20 or more individuals dominated by a wild boar big head. Its main period of activity in nature is at dusk or at night when they go in search of food, digging with his snout. They walk quick and swim well when necessary. After a period of gestation averaged between 120 and 130 days, they give birth to three to six piglets. In zoos, wild river boars can reach an age of 12 to 15 years.


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