Africa’s Southern Sudan and southwestern Ethiopia


Savanna woodland and grasslands

Brains before beauty

Warthogs may not be the most beautiful or graceful creatures in the Animal Kingdom, but they are remarkable for their strength, intelligence, and flexibility! Unlike many of their African counterparts, they are not endangered because they are so skilled at adapting to new threats. For example, most warthogs like to forage during the light of the morning and early evening. But if they live in an area where they are hunted by people, they switch to foraging at night.

Home sweet aardvark hole

Warthogs are not very picky about their homes, either. Instead of digging their own burrows, they find abandoned aardvark holes or natural burrows for homes to raise their young, sleep, and hide from predators. They usually back into their burrows, so they can use their sharp tusks to scare off any animal that bothers them. The burrows also protect them from temperature extremes. Underground, the temperature is always comfortable, even if aboveground it’s extremely hot at high noon or freezing in the middle of the night.

When a male warthog wants to attract a female, he does a courtship “chant” of rhythmic grunts that sounds like an engine in need of a tune-up.
A warthog’s “warts” are not really warts but just thick growths of skin. Even though the growths stick out, they don’t have any bones or cartilage.

Warthogs are just some of the many porky species you can see at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Between our two facilities we also have forest hogs, warty pigs (not to be confused with warthogs), bearded pigs, babirusas, red river hogs, wild boars, pot-bellied pigs, and more! We even have peccaries, those good-looking relatives of the pig. We think all of our swine are divine and hope you do, too. Be sure to root them out the next time you visit us!

Read about the Safari Park's newest warthogs...

Warthog populations are stable in the wild.

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