Warthog: Mud Bath Mates

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Two warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus – Shona: njiri) take a moment on the edge of a pan to cool in the surrounding mud. The male warthog sports four warts on its face, one below each eye and another on either side above the mouth. Both of these waddlers seem to be male, although their warts are not abundantly clear to the observer. Both male and female develop tusks, and herein too there is a difference which may help distinguish sex. The male’s tusk tend to grow out more than the female’s, which generally tend to loop over the nose.
(Canon 7D; f/9; 1/640sec; ISO-100; 400mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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  1. Greetings Andrew, I have seen some wonderful images since I started looking at your web site. Do you ever get down to the Save Valley Conservancy? My brother-in-law owns and runs Senuko – River Lodges of Africa etc. Have you ever been down that way?

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