Zoo Animals



Phacochoerus africanus

At the Detroit Zoo
Five warthog piglets were born in April 2015. Females Daenerys, Sansa and Cersei, and male Hodor can be seen with mother Lilith in their African Grasslands habitat near the Africa Train Station. Male Tyrion – the smallest of the quintuplets – is being cared for by staff behind the scenes until he can join the rest of the family, which includes father Linus, sister Violet (born in April 2013), Lilith’s sister Rebecca, and five siblings born in April 2014 females Lucy, Diane and Vera, and males Carter and Sam. Lilith is the smallest of the adults – which accounts for her lower social status in the group – although she is very protective of her offspring. Linus and Rebecca are the more dominant warthogs due to their larger size.

The warthog has a large head, flat face, protruding facial warts and four sharp tusks. It can be shades of gray, brown and black. It has a thick mane that runs down its back and it is sparsely covered by little hairs on its body. It also sports a small tuft of hair at the end of its tail.


Fun Facts

  • A warthog can go without water during Africa's dry season (which can last for several months).

  • If threatened, a warthog is able to run at speeds over 30 mph.

  • Female warthogs are quite social when they're young and usually stay in groups of up to 40, which are called sounders.