Did you know that several generations of the giant forest hog’s offspring live with their families in extended family groups just like humans do?
The giant forest hog species lives in the humid parts of Africa; while some are scattered and inhabit Liberia in the West others are found in Southwest Ethiopia, Kenya, and Northern Tanzania in the East. All forest hogs prefer the dense shade of thickets and bushes.
These hogs are often identified by their large size and tusks. The male forest hogs' tusks can grow up to 11.8 inches long, but the females have much smaller tusks. These animals also have five toes on each foot like humans, though only four of these toes actually touch the ground when the hog walks on soft Earth. Additionally, they have long black fur but, as they age, they lose more and more fur and almost look bald.
Giant forest hogs can be very dangerous animals. Even the females tend to charge to protect their piglets, while males attack predators to defend their families.
The average lifespan of a forest hog is unknown, but males mate at about age three and females mate at the age of one. They eat foliage, leaves, grass, berries, and fruit. These creatures also gnaw on exposed roots and sometimes even eat seeds, larvae, and eggs. Further, the male forest hog is the largest of all the world’s wild pigs.
Non-stop hunting could wipe out some populations of this unique species. The forest hog is easily found, because their trails are easily traceable. Though these hogs are easy to hunt, they have thrived as a species because they adapt well to different situations. For example, the hogs can survive in different habitats and change their sleeping schedules as needed.
A huge mammal, the forest hog is a fascinating creature. And these are only some of the many facts about this amazing species.
[Sources: The Encyclopedia of Animals; nationalgeographic.com]