OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTHS OF RED RIVER HOG PIGLETS - 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 5, 2014
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 RED RIVER HOG PIGLETS
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is excited to announce the arrival of three red river hog piglets, born on April 29, 2014. The piglets, two females and one male, were an early Mother’s Day present for mom Divit, who came to the Zoo from the Los Angeles Zoo in 2010. Proud dad Sir David Pigglesworth III also came from the Los Angeles Zoo in 2009. This is the third litter of piglets born to Divit and Sir Pigglesworth. The new piglets are doing very well and can be seen daily in their habitat, located next to the giraffe exhibit, with their parents and older siblings weather permitting.
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.
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Photo Credits: OKC Zoo unless otherwise noted on the photo as credit for Gillian Lang.