Giant forest hog

(Hylochoerus meinertzhageni)


Giant forest hog IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


Facts about this animal

The Giant forest hog reaches a head-body lenght of 1.3 to 2.1 m and a weight of 130 to 275 kg. Males and individuals from Eastern Africa are bigger in size than females or individuals from Western Africa.

They have a long, black fur, but when the animal ages they tend to loose more and more of their fur so they look almost naked. Their tusks which flare out- and upwards can grow to a length of 30 cm.

Did you know?
that the Giant Forest Hog is the largest wild member of the pig family?


Name (Scientific) Hylochoerus meinertzhageni
Name (English) Giant forest hog
Name (French) Hylochère, sanglier noir
Name (German) Riesenwaldschwein
Name (Spanish) Hilóquero, Cerdo gigante
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed



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Greg & Yvonne Dean



Range Western, Central and East Africa: Burundi (?), Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Congo Dem., Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
Habitat Mainly in humid, forested areas.
Wild population Unknown. Generally common, but threatened in some areas by hunting (Red List IUCN 2011)
Zoo population 1 reported to ISIS (2007)

In the Zoo

Giant forest hog


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 74 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations, should be followed.


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Greg & Yvonne Dean

Why do zoos keep this animal

Keeping giant forest hogs would be of considerable educational value, however, due to veterinary restrictions, no animals of this species are kept outside of the range states.