Looking for another reason to visit the zoo?Â Roger Williams Park Zoo invites Rhode Islanders to come see two new red river hogs. The male, named Harley, and female, Persephone, are the only ones of their kind in New England. Persephone was born two years ago and previously lived at the Peoria Zoo in Illinois. Nine year old Harley came from the San Diego Zoo in California. The enclosure for the newcomers can be found in the Jambo Junction village area.
Red river hogs are native to West and central sub-Saharan Africa to northern areas of South Africa and Madagascar where they live in rainforests, wet savannas, and forested valleys or near slow waterways. Not surprisingly, they are red to dark brown in color with a white dorsal stripe. They stand 2-3 feet tall and grow 3-5 feet in length with a 12-18 inch tail. Their snouts are covered with warts and ridges and they have distinctive long whisker-like wisps of hair. They use their tusks, small uppers and longer lower tusks measuring up to three inchesÂ long, to cutÂ through woody roots and tubers. They also eat fruit, small mammals, small reptiles, birds, eggs, insects and carrion.
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Planning your trip:
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood AvenueÂ Providence, RI 02907
Open daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily (last admission at 3:30 p.m.)
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
General admission tickets are as follows:
Children (ages 3 through 12):Â $9.95
Seniors (ages 62+):Â $12.95
Children under 3 and Zoo members are admitted free.