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Giant Forest Hog

Giant Forest Hog
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Copyright: Eyal Bartov (bartove) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 1 N: 588] (7772)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/6 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of ETHIOPIAN (Africa) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-15 10:27
Viewed: 25834
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Giant Forest Hog (Hylochoerus meinertzhageni) is the largest wild member of the pig family Suidae. It is the only member of the genus Hylochoerus. Males can reach as much as 2 metres in length and 1.1 metres high at the shoulder and have been known to weigh as much as 600 pounds (273 kg); but such claims are often exaggeration and must be scrutinized. Unlike most species of wild suid, the giant forest hog has extensive hairs on its body, though these tend to become less pronounced as the animal ages. It is mostly black in colour on the surface, though hairs nearest the skin of the animal are a deep orange colour. Its ears are large and pointy, and its tusks are much smaller than those of the warthog but bigger than that of the bushpig.

Giant forest hogs occur in the Jungles of West and Central Africa, extending also into the mountain forests of the Rwenzori Mountains and as far east as Mount Kenya and the Ethiopian Highlands. The giant forest hog is a herbivore.

Giant forest hogs are nocturnal, being mainly active for about four to eight hours a day between dusk and dawn. They live in large herds (sounders) of up to twenty animals. However, breeding pairs leave a sounder completely and do not tolerate other individuals. This means that giant forest hogs cannot be domesticated, since this requirement for large breeding territories precludes their being kept in enclosures. They are, though, much more docile than other African suids.

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shalom Eyal
Giant Forest Hog family's great capture. nicely composed them in natural biotop. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2009-03-15 20:42]


Wonderful, natural capture, crisp focus, family group I take it. #00mm, close enough to make a bit of trouble is they had wanted too.


Awesome shot Eyal.
A great low POV & very good exposure.
At 2m those sure are massive hogs.
An excellent photo and excellent note.
Very nice work.
Cheers & TFS,

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