Giant Forest Hog

Series of side elevation illustrations of the Giant Forest Hog

Considered the largest wild member in the pig (Suidae) family, the Giant Forest Hog (Hylochoerus meinertzhageni) has a large hair-covered body that thins out with age. Thebody of the Giant Forest Hog surface is mainly black, but the hair closest to the skin is brown or orange. Their ears are wide and pointed and the male's tusks can reach 14 inches (36 cm) in length.

In Western and Central Africa, Giant Forest Hogs are mostly confined to the forests of Guinea and Congo. Usually, Giant Forest Hogs are nocturnal, but they are seen more often during daylight hours in cold periods. In regions protected against humans, they may also be adventurous and often travel up to 8 miles (12.9 km).

Giant Forest Hogs have a height between 2’6”-3’7” (76-110 cm), body length of 4’3”-6’11” (130-210 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 220-600 lb (100-275 kg). The lifespan of a Giant Forest Hog is typically 5 years in the wild and 15-20 years in captivity.


*Under Development*

2’6”-3’7” | 76-110 cm
4’3”-6’11” | 130-210 cm
220-600 lb | 100-275 kg
Scientific Name:
Hylochoerus meinertzhageni
5 years average (wild); 15-20 years (captivity)


Drawings include:

Giant Forest Hog side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (lying down)

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Suidae, or swine, are medium-sized animals with a stocky barrel-like body and thick, sparsely haired skin and a mobile snout. Suidae are social, companionable, highly intelligent, creatures that love mud baths and foraging. Suidae are omnivores and feed on fungi, roots, fruit, earthworms, and more.

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