Warthog

Warthog

Phacochoerus africanus

At the Detroit Zoo
Female warthogs Daenerys, Sansa and Cersei (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
Warthogs have large heads, flat faces, protruding facial warts and four sharp tusks. They can be shades of gray, brown and black. They have thick manes that run down their backs and are sparsely covered by little hairs on their bodies. They also sport small tufts of hair at the ends of their tails.

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.