Zoo Animals

Warthog

Phacochoerus africanus

At the Detroit Zoo
Female warthogs Daenerys, Sansa and Cersei, and males Hodor and Tyrion – born in April 2015 – as well as their mother Lilith and father Linus, spend their time in two African Grasslands habitats – one near the Africa Train Station and the other across from the African Watering Hole. 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 40, which are called sounders.