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Wildlife Wednesdays: Real-Life Pumbaas (Baby Warthogs) Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on March 21st, 2012 by Matt Hohne, Animal Operations Director, Disney’s Animal Programs


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Last month, we welcomed five baby warthogs, three males and two females, to the Disney’s Animal Kingdom family. A few days ago, Gene Duncan stopped by to take some photos and we couldn’t resist sharing this photo of one piglets with a Pumbaa plush. Toys are among the items provided to the animals for enrichment as part of our commitment to excellence in animal care.

The piglets, which are still backstage, weighed 1 ½ to just over 2 pounds at birth. Adult females weigh 110-165 pounds and adult males are larger, ranging from 130-330 pounds. We expect the piglets to be out on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna with their mom by late April.

With the new additions, we now have four male and three female warthogs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In the wild, warthogs are designated as vulnerable due to habitat destruction and being hunted for meat.

Warthog Fun Facts:

  • Although the upper tusks are more impressive, it is the sharper lower tusks that are the warthog’s principal weapons.
  • Warts, which are prominent only on males, are skin growths and have no bony support. The warts are located on the side of the head and in front of the eyes. They serve to cushion blows sustained during battles over females.
  • Warthogs usually take over the abandoned burrows of other animals instead of making their own dens.
  • In the wild, warthogs’ habitat is widespread—they live in all African countries south of the Sahara Desert.



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7 Comments

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Cory from AB on March 21st, 2012 at 9:53 am

EEEE!! SO cute-ugly!

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Patricia from NY on March 21st, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I just can’t wait…to see them in May.

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Leanna on March 21st, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Thanks for sharing the cute picture, and I also enjoyed reading the Warthog facts! I always enjoy reading the wildlife posts, keep ‘em coming!

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Daniel from MA on March 21st, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Another big fan of Wildlife Wednesday and the Animal Kingdom Lodge! Thanks a bunch for the info Matt.

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Glenda from MO on March 23rd, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Can’t wait to see them in May.

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Erica on March 23rd, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Omg its so cute :D …. thanks for sharing

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Kyra on March 24th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

So cute!

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