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Red River Hog

Red River Hog

Common Name:
Red River Hog
Scientific Name:
Potamochoerus porcus
Gestation Period:
125 days
  • Forest
  • Wetlands
2 ft
4 ft
Life Span:
20 yrs
Number of Young:
175 lb

Did you know that one use for a red river hog's sharp tusks is to cut through roots? Learn more about red river hogs.

Care & Wellness:

Training and enrichment keeps the mind and bodies of these smart and curious animals active. The most beneficial training involves participating in their own heath care. The red river hogs choose to receive vaccinations, have blood drawn, and have radiographs taken. Enrichment such as puzzle feeders or burying food stimulates their natural curiosity and rooting behavior.

  • Often found in groups up to six, but larger groups are not uncommon
  • Running away is their first response to a threat, but will fight if cornered or injured
  • Incredibly keen senses of smell and hearing are used to find food underground
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)
Fun Facts:
  • Sharp tusks are used in fights and to cut through roots.
  • Nocturnal, they rest in burrows during the day.
  • Piglets are born with stripes to aid in camouflage.
Two red river hogs.