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RED RIVER HOG

A PIG OF A DIFFERENT COLOR

Red river hogs do not live in a red river! Instead, they are named for their reddish brown fur and the fact that they often wade through water. The colorful hogs are active both day and night and are surprisingly good swimmers, holding their tails above the water. They can also swim underwater, catching a breath every 15 seconds or so.

Researchers believe that the red river hogs’ large, comically pointed ears may be used in territorial or dominance displays. The pigs use their tough snouts to root up tubers, roots, insects, and worms. Here at the Safari Park, the red river hogs can dig up the large boulders in their enclosure with ease and like to remodel it on a regular basis. See if you can catch them in the act!

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027-7017
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