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African Safari, Warthog

These warthog are not handsome animals and they smell rather badly, though a couple of minutes in a frying pan can quickly and dramatically improve on both of these problems!

Once again, Samburu and Sweetwater were very good places, this time for close warthog sightings, along with Masai Mara. Amboseli, one of our top three places, was not so good for warthog.

The handsome chap to the right was photographed at Sweetwater and the ginger nut below was in the Masai Mara.

In all the places we saw warthogs, they were generally accompanied by a gaggle of youngsters, sometimes up to eight or nine. But they were all surprisingly timid, particularly those with youngsters.

We were seldom able to get close enough to get clear shots without grass or vegetation getting in the way.

The warthog is a relative of the hippopotamus, both being members of the pig family.

The warthog has four tusks, you can just about make out the smaller set in front of the big tusks. The larger tusks, which are razor sharp, can grow up to eight inches long.

Like most animals warthog feel the need to fight for supremacy, using those tusks. The large, wart like growths on the side of their faces are actually a form of protection for eyes and face when they are fighting.

Now why would you call this wart faced creature a hog, I wonder? Another victim of the Ugly Stick. Quite a stout blow, I would guess.


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