Bushpig

Name

Bushpig [Potamochoerus larvatus]

Description

Bushpigs are nocturnal and can be very dangerous, as they use their sharp tusks when threatened. Their numbers have increased in areas where predators have been taken out and where hunting does not occur. They feed on a range of foods from roots and seeds to insects, eggs and carrion. Bushpigs are also renowned for their crop raiding abilities.

Vital Statistics


Weight (Female)
48 - 66 kg

Weight (Male)
46 - 82 kg

Length (Female)
115 cm

Length (Male)
115 cm

Gestation Period
4 months

No of Young
3 - 8

Birth Weight
700 g

Order
Artiodactyla

Family
Suidae

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Breeding

3 - 8 young are born from November - January after a gestation period of ± 4 months.

Spoor Description

Hoofs are broader than those of the Warthog's, and the dew claws usually mark clearly in the spoor. Its broader hooves are better adapted to the type of terrain where it usually feeds. The animals make continued use of the same routes to feeding areas, thereby forming narrow, clearly marked paths.
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