The African Bush Pig represents a rather large and powerful member of the wild pig family. In fact, they make one very intimidating looking animal.
This pig also constitutes one of the few animals whose numbers have actually increased over the past few decades. Unfortunately, this primarily occurred because of the decline in the population of their principal natural predator, the leopard.
Though humans hunt the pig rather extensively in many areas, it often proves quite cunning (good for it) and has shown itself to be highly adaptable to hunting methods.
African Bush Pig Physical Characteristics
The animal attains a height of as much as 39 in (100 in) at the shoulder. Large individuals may weigh up to 331 lb (150 kg).
A small degree of sexual dimorphism is present in this species, with the males typically slightly larger in size than the females.
The coloring of the mammal is predominantly reddish or brownish-black. Its body is covered in long, bristle-like hairs which gives it a unique appearance. The hairs are most commonly off-white around the neck and face area.
African Bush Pig Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The African Bush Pig is endemic to Southern and Eastern Africa. They have been introduced into other regions, as well, thanks to the activities of man.
Within their native range, they most commonly inhabit woodlands, forests, regions of dense brush, and reed bed.
The African Bush Pig is a highly social creature, traveling in groups (known as sounders) of as many as 12 individuals.
The African Bush Pig is also primarily nocturnal in its activities. They can be extremely aggressive by nature, especially when they have young. Beware – those tusks are there for a reason.