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Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos

Red River Hog

White rhino with calf


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Red River Hog

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but there's more to wild swine than meets the eye! Attractive red river hogs do not live in a red river! Instead, their reddish brown fur and the fact that they often wade through water gives them their common name. The colorful hogs are active both day and night and are good swimmers, holding their tail above the water. They can also swim underwater, catching a breath every 15 seconds or so.

Researchers believe that red river hogs use their large, pointed ears in territorial or dominance displays. The pigs use their tough snout to root up tubers, roots, insects, and worms.

In the Safari Park’s Nairobi Village, the red river hogs can dig up the large boulders in their enclosure with ease. They like to remodel it on a regular basis. See if you can catch them in the act!

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