Red river hog

This bright red little pig is very distinctive and has a large wedge shaped head and strong snout for digging and foraging for food. Its nose is also very sensitive to touch as well as giving the pig an excellent sense of smell.

Red river hogs are usually most active at night, and spend most of the day in burrows or amongst dense vegetation to stay cool. Highly sociable, they live in family groups with the male defending his ‘harem’ of females and young. Sometimes these family groups of 4 to 6 pigs will congregate into wandering bands of 50 or more!

Body language is important for the red river hog. Their threat displays using body stance, and the movement of their white ear tufts, can communicate a range of messages. When threatened, they will let out a low squeal or roar.

Scientific name
Potamochoerus porcus
Family
Suidae
Order
Artiodactyla
Fast facts
Their canine teeth form tusks, the lower set can be up to 19cm long.
Red river hog piglets start life covered in spots and stripes to camouflage them and as they mature these fade.
Scent marking is used to mark out territories. They will use their tusks to scrape and mark tree trunks. They will also use scent glands on their necks to mark out areas.
Conservation status
Least concern