July 24, 2011
The two animal species have since been put on a close monitoring and an adaptation program that will see them restore their natural behaviors away from the hand-reared behavior.
At the Haller Park- animal orphanage (called "Kaya"), the little curious mongoose embarked on discovering the new home. He made short errands within the periphery while keeping a very close eye on the partner-Piggy Warthog. The natural behavior of foraging for insects was displayed throughout this period.
The mongoose seemed not very concerned about the curious staff and tourists who found the little highly active animal very amusing. He however appeared very pleased with the new huge home-range that provided a new interaction.
Piggy Warthog- Phacochoeros aethipicus
When he arrived at the Haller Park, he loved attention and affection; however extra caution needed to be taken cause of the sharp tusks. He is very powerful and strong and if frightened or provoked, could be dangerous. He also enjoys a mud bath.
Piggy the warthog
Some Facts on the Banded Mongoose:
They vary from grey to brownish-grey, with 10-12 distinctive series of blackish-brown bands that run across its back.
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
They prey on insects, lizards, birds and small mammals
They maintain a gestation period of about 2 months and a litter size of 2-6.
Some Facts on the Warthog:
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.
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.
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.
Warthog litters vary from 1-5 young being born after a gestation period of 5 months.