Common warthogs are a species of wild pig with many similarities to the domesticated pig raised by humans. They are voracious foragers, using their very powerful neck muscles to drive their snouts into soils to uncover anything edible. The soil in an area of ground that has been foraged by a warthog or other species of pig is obviously overturned, and it is unlikely that anything edible remains. Warthogs’ excellent sense of smell helps direct their foraging efforts to places most likely to have tubers, roots, or small animals directly under the surface of the soil.
Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa [VIEW MAP]
The warthogs at Zoo Atlanta may be seen on all but the coldest days of the year, when they usually will choose to remain in their heated indoor barn. During our warm summers, you can see them enjoying their self-made mud wallows, sometimes right at the front of the habitat. Check out one of our Warthog Wild Encounters for a chance to meet and feed one of the warthogs.