What's New at Haller Park?

 

Haller Park welcomed Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo) and the Piggy Warthog (Phacochoeros aethipicus)- both males- into the Haller Park family of captive animals.

Banded Mongoose- Mungos mungo

Description- They vary from grey to brownish-grey, with 10-12 distinctive series of blackish-brown bands that run across its back.

Social Behavior- Maintain family groups of 6-30 animals and move in a huge snake winding motion here and there among the bush.

They communicate by sending out twittering sounds as contact call. If threatened and for defense, they growl and ‘spit' like a cat with arched back, neck hairs raised, jumping about on hind feet.
Often sleep in sitting posture with head tucked below.

With up to 35 adults and sub adults, banded mongoose packs are the largest of all mongooses

Diet- They prey on insects, lizards, birds and small mammals

Reproduction- They maintain a gestation period of about 2 months and a litter size of 2-6.

Piggy Warthog- Phacochoeros aethipicus

Description
Warthogs have a stout, sparsely haired grayish skin and peculiar fleshy lumps or 'warts' on their face, from which the animal derives its name.

 

The male has 2 pairs of these warts while the female only has one.


Both sexes have tusks which protrude from near the front of the head, those of the male being much larger than those of the female.

Social Behaviour- The long, thin, tufted tails are held stiffly upright when running. It is believed to help members of a group to see each other and remain close when running through tall grass.

Diet- They are omnivores and have an interesting practice of kneeling on its tough, hairy, padded knees to eat short grass.
Using its snout and tusks, it also digs for bulbs, tubers and roots during the dry season.

Reproduction- Warthog litters vary from 1-5 young being born after a gestation period of 5 months.