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Living in groups of 6 to 20 individuals

A sociable animal

The potamochoerus is primarily nocturnal and rests during the day in the mud. The male defends its harem, which can contain as many as 15 females. The mating period is in January and February. Juveniles remain with their mother for a year and reach sexual maturity as their third year approaches.

The potamochoerus is found in the western regions of central Africa and in Madagascar.

The potamochoerus is hunted for its meat and to protect crops, although it is not threatened by extinction. Also, when its habitat is destroyed, it adapts to another one. The decline in predator numbers has also worked in its favour.

  • Habitat

    Savannah, rainforest, tree savannah, wetland and marshland

  • Food

    Fruit, seeds, roots, plants, eggs, reptiles, snails and carrion

Did you know ?

The potamochoerus uses strong-smelling glands to communicate and mark its territory. They are located around its hooves.

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