Warts and All Boar! 2018


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Warts and All Boar!

Warthog [Phacochoerus africanus]

On Monday just gone Ashley accepted the challenge and threw a gauntlet to the ground and l must concede to being bested with her chosen species which was The Warthog. I have no direct dealing with this species. As l explained on Monday the only ‘experience’ with the species l do have is simply that l brokered a deal with a colleague of mine who specialised in that kind of species. Vurgen, was based in Germany and happened to know all the right contacts  for certain more out there species, which Warthogs would fall directly into.

I had a contact on my client list that had a desire to acquire a small breeding group for her farm park and so my role in the transaction was to literally broker the deal. I received the photographs of the animals located in a European zoo and showed them to her, she was hooked and then that was literally the deal done. All the necessary paperwork was then carried out between all the relevant parties and my task had been completed.

However, the Warthog is a member of the pig family of suids or swine of Suidae – it was a species that l never really had an requests for, and even on the day of receiving the request for the Warts, even l was a little surprised.


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Wild Boar [Sus scrofa]

Other Suids such as ‘wild boar – very little again – just an awareness of growing populations scattered around the UK and an awareness of some collections that have escaped. The latter is applicable to quite a few species, in truth more than a few. Weather conditions can damage even the best of enclosures allowing species to suddenly exercise freedom and become a new species to the surrounding environment. In the UK we have some very healthy populations of wild boar who are breeding so prolifically that if anything, they are fast becoming pests to suburbian residencies.

The reality of exotic escapism is probably more of an issue than many people fully realise and or understand, and has been like this since the mid to late 70’s and before in the form of escape but also when certain species and populations were deliberately set free.

A lot of these ‘new’ species can cohabit within the British climate exceptionally well, and with the current global climate changes to the environment they are not just surviving but living off the land very well indeed.

Boar technically became extinct over 200 hundred years ago, however certain areas of England have above healthy breeding populations. The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire as an example has a thriving community due to an escape from an actual wild boar farm in the 90’s as well as illegal releases in the early part of the millenium.

So well done Ashley – l couldn’t oblige with any real tales of humour on either of those species, however later this afternoon, l do happen to have a tale of a domestic pig called Albert and a pot belly pig named Ruby and miniature pigs.

Thanks for reading.

6 thoughts on “Warts and All Boar! 2018

  1. Nicely done! I saw an assortment of warthogs when I was safari-ing (is that a word?) in Kenya and Tanzania a number of years back. They manage to be ugly as sin and cute all at the same time.

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