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Living in social groups called sounders, red river hogs (Potamochoerus porcus) barrel their way through the forest
River hog

Potamochoerus porcus and hoglets at the Cincinnati Zoo

in search of food. Using their strong snouts and sharp tusks to bulldoze through the leaf litter and soil, they dig up a dinner of roots, bulbs, other plants and small animals.

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  • Length: 3.5 to 5 ft
  • Height: 3 to 4.5 ft
  • Weight: 100 to 290 lbs
  • Lifespan: Up to 15 yrs
  • Habitat: Rainforest, forest and savanna woodland
  • Diet: Primarily roots and bulbs, some other plant parts and small animals