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

Warthog

White rhino with calf

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Warthog

Warthogs may not be the most beautiful or graceful of creatures. But they are remarkable for their strength, intelligence, and flexibility! Unlike many of their African counterparts, they are not endangered, due to their skill at adapting to new threats. For example, most warthogs forage during the light of the morning and early evening. But if people start hunting them, they switch to foraging at night.

Why the warts? Males, called boars, have the most obvious “warts,” which are just thick skin growths on their face. The boars push and ram each other with their head and their blunt upper tusks during breeding season to see which is the most powerful. The warts act as pads to cushion the blows, so they rarely injure each other.

Be sure to root out our warthogs along the African Loop at the Safari Park!

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