Scientific name:

Potamochoerus porcus

                       

What makes it special:

They are great swimmers, which is an uncommon attribute for most pig species.

 

Recommended caliber:

Although less can work, we recommend using a minimum caliber of .338

Hunting the red River Hog – Elusive and aggressive animals

The boars are slightly larger in size than the sows and their tusks are also considerably larger. They are easily identifiable by their bright red appearance, although some variations are seen in the northern parts of Africa, where some take on an orange coloration.

Hunting method

The hogs live in herds of six to twenty individuals, being led by a dominant boar with soars in its harem. Being a nocturnal animal the red river hog romps in groupings at night when they are out looking for food. With great eyesight, smell and hearing capabilities, using stealth in approaching the hog is the best way to go about it. Being a naturally evasive animal, the spot and stalk hunting method is rather ineffective, we recommend scouting an area and hiding, while waiting out the hogs. When an opportunity avails itself, the hunter can either take a headshot or aim at the lower chest area of the hog. Se our many packages of Red River hog hunting just below.

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Appearance

The red river hog is easily identifiable by its striking red coloration and with a white stripe on its back. Their faces are elongated and black with white markings. Both sexes have tusks and long pointy ears that are generally cinnamon colored. They have strong and sturdy short legs that are dark in appearance.


Habitat

The red river hog is primarily found in Guinea and Congo and they favor habitats near rain forests, but they can also be found in wet savannas, forest valleys, and marshes.

 

Diet

Its diet consists of grass, mollusks, carrion, insects, roots, tubers, eggs, dead animals, lizards and just about anything digestible it can find.

 

Predators
The most common predator of the red river hog is the cheetah, others include lions and hyenas.

 

Life cycle

The gestation period of the female is 122 days, after which two to four piglets are born. Sexual maturity is reached after 18-24 months. Their lifespan in captivity is up to 22 years, but in the wild they normally live between 10 to 15 years. 

 

Behavior

As with many other pig species, the red river hog are spending most of its time sleeping. When in danger the piglets can play dead for hours until the danger is gone. However adults react aggressively, especially if they get cornered, when defending its harem, the boar will show visual scares by fluffing facial hair up to seem larger. If this doesn’t work, it will engage in a fight and head-butts its challenger while using its tusks. To deal with high temperatures, the red river hogs wallow in mud and if the temperature is high enough, they can be seen in natural swamps and marshes most of the day. As the birthing period approaches the female prepares a nest for birth of the piglets. After the first year of being born the males are evicted from the herd, but females stay for life.

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Animal Facts

Weight
Adults weigh between 45 and 115 kilograms

 

Height

Adults are a height between 55 to 80 centimeters, with the males being slightly taller than the females.

 

Habitat

They favor habitats near rain forests, but can also be found in wet savannas, forest valleys, and marshes.

 

Diet

Its diet consists of grass, mollusks, carrion, insects, roots, tubers, eggs, dead animals, lizards and just about anything digestible it can find.

 

Predators

The most common predator of the red river hog is the cheetah, others include lions and hyenas.

 

Life cycle

Their lifespan in captivity is up to 22 years, but in the wild they normally live between 10 to 15 years. 

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