OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTHS OF FOUR RED RIVER HOGS - 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2013
Tara Henson (405) 425-0219, (405) 919-9038, cell or [email protected]
Candice Rennels (405) 425-0298, (405) 412-6172, cell or [email protected]
OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTHS OF FOUR RED RIVER HOGS
Oh, baby! The pitter patter of tiny hooves just got louder at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Four red river hog piglets, born Wednesday morning, October 2, are the newest additions to the Zoo’s Hoofstock area and neighbors to the infant giraffe born two weeks ago.
The piglets, two males and two females, were born to mom Divit, who came to the Zoo from the Los Angeles Zoo in 2010, and dad Sir David Pigglesworth III, who also came from the Los Angeles Zoo in 2009. The birth was the third litter for the parents. The piglets, weighing approximately three pounds each, have not yet been named.
“Mom Divit is doing fine and all the piglets look healthy,” said Jaimee Flinchbaugh, Zoo Hoofstock supervisor. “The gestation period for red river hogs is about four months. We are very excited that guests will be able to enjoy watching the new piglets during the cooler temperatures this fall.”
Zoo guests may visit the red river hogs at their habitat, located next to the giraffe exhibit, depending on weather conditions. The piglets will have access to the outdoor yard from approximately 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day but will also have access to an indoor, non-visible area.
Red river hogs have attractive red coats with black and white markings that define their name, along with their tendency to wallow in ponds and streams. They also benefit from an acute sense of smell and guests may notice them sniffing in circular motions. At birth, the piglets are a dark brown color with lighter, tan stripes running from front to back. The pattern resembles the markings on a watermelon and is especially helpful providing camouflage for the piglets while they are young.
Red river hogs originate from west and central Africa, where they spend their days relaxing in thickets, forests, savannas and swamps. They take advantage of these moist regions by digging burrows deep into impenetrable vegetation during the day while saving much of their activity for night. Although red river hogs are not considered endangered, humans continue to threaten the species as populations overtake many red river hog habitats.
The Oklahoma City Zoo has a lot to squeal about! The Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Guests must exit grounds at closing time. Regular admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Become a Zoo fan at www.facebook.com/okczoobg or follow us on Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit our mobile site at www.okczoo.com.
Photo credit: Gretchen Cole
Nursing red river hog piglets on Wednesday, October 2.