Warthog - Phacoecerus aethiopicus
Warthogs live in families of related females with their offspring (the family unit is called a sounder) while the males live alone or in bachelor groups.
Even an unborn warthog has callouses on its elbows to prepare itself for a lifetime of eating grass and roots on its knees. They act as nature's gardeners and till large areas of soil through their digging exploits. Apart from aerating the soils and softening it to allow the rain to sink in, they also bury and thus protect seeds from fire damage and at the same time they expose certain bulbs to which birds such as fancolins are partial.
Warthogs sleep in burrows, usually old aardvark holes, which they often share with nocturnal animals, including hyaena, who use it by day while the warthogs feed. If the burrow is not large enough to turn around in the hole, the warthog family will disappear down it backwards to enable them to exit face first to be ready for danger.
Warthogs lack a protective hair covering and store very little fat under the skin. They therefore have to cool themselves by wallowing in mud or warm themselves by baking in the sun.
When fleeing possible danger they hold their tails upright as a sign for others in the sounder to follow.
Lodges and Camps in Botswana: Audi Camp - Camp Moremi -Camp Okuti - Camp Okavango - Chief's Camp - Chitabe Camp - Chobe Game Lodge - Chobe Marina Lodge - Crocodile Camp - Deception Valley Lodge - Delta Safari Camp - Duba Plains Camp - Duma Tau Lodge - Elephant Camp Victoria Falls - Footsteps Camp - Gunn's Camp - Grassland Safari Lodge - Jacana Camp - Kanana Camp - Kings Pool - Kubu Safari Lodge - Kwara Camp Okavango Delta - Leroo-la-Tau - Linyanti Camp - Little Mombo Camp - Mariolina's Victoria Falls - Mapula Lodge - Mombo Safari Camp - Motsentsela Tree Lodge - Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp - Pom Pom Camp - Sandibe Safari Lodge - Santawani - Savute Safari Lodge - Savuti Camp - Semetsi Camp - Xakanaxa Camp - Xigera Camp - Xugana Lodge
Botswana Destinations: Chief's Island - Chobe National Park - Gemsbok National Park - Kalahari - Khwai - Linyanti - Makgadikgadi Pans - Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Nogatsaa/Tchinga - Nxai Pan - Okavango Delta - Savute - Tsodilo hills - Tuli Block - Xakanaxa
Zimbabwe Destinations: Victoria Falls
Birds of Botswana: Crowned Plover - Blue Waxbill - Cormorant - Egyptian Goose - Fish Eagle - Grey Lourie - Kingfisher - Kori Bustard - Lilacbreasted Roller - Ostrich - Saddlebilled Stork - Secretary Bird
Mammals of Botswana: African Wild Dog - African Elephant - Baboon - Bat-Eared-Fox - Brown Hyena - Buffalo - Bushpig - Cheetah - Eland - Genet - Giraffe - Hartebeest - Hippo - Impala - Jackal - Kudu - Leopard - Lion - Oryx - Puku - Red Lechwe - Roan Antelope - Sable Antelope - Sitatunga - Slender Mongoose - Spotted Hyena - Springbok - Squirrel - Surikate - Tsessebe - Warthog - Waterbuck - Wildebeest - Zebra