Zoo Animals

Warthog

Phacochoerus africanus

At the Detroit Zoo
Female warthogs Daenerys, Sansa and Cersei, and male Tyrion (born in April 2015) live with their mother Lilith and father Linus in their African Grasslands habitat near the Africa Train Station. 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 is the more dominant warthog due to his larger size.

Description
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 18, which are called sounders.