Virginia Zoo Has Two New Attention Hogs

NORFOLK, VA – The Virginia Zoo’s red river hog sounder, or group, is growing by two this summer. Mrembo and Tikiti, both females, joined the Zoo last month.


The pair were born in April 2017 at the San Diego Safari Park and arrived at the Virginia Zoo at the beginning of May. After they completed a routine quarantine period, they are now gradually being introduced to their new exhibit in the Africa – Okavango Delta, and soon their new exhibit mate, Oboi. Oboi is the Zoo’s 12-year-old male red river hog who arrived at the Virginia Zoo from the San Diego Zoo in 2012.


“Red river hogs are a funny and lovable animal,” said Greg Bockheim, Executive Director of the Virginia Zoo. “We are pleased to participate in this breeding program for this species and look forward to seeing how the girls get along with Oboi,” Bockheim added.


The trio have been brought together by a breeding recommendation from the Association for Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Program®, which oversees and manages species’ population in zoos by pairing individuals and monitoring breeding to maximize genetic diversity and long-term sustainability of populations.


In honor of the girls’ arrival, the Zoo will be selling a special Zoodoption package. You can symbolically adopt the Zoo’s red river hog sounder for $50. The package includes a personalized Zoodoption certificate, fact sheet, photo and frame, and a 12” red river hog plush. Visit  to purchase yours today. Proceeds from the Zoodoptions will benefit the Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives.


About red river hogs

Red river hogs are native to the rainforests of West and Central Africa. They can grow up to three feet in height and weigh up to 100 – 270 pounds. Red river hogs are mixed feeders, consuming mostly fruits and seeds, and have been seen scavenging carcasses. The species is considered a common and abundant species, however the population is declining due to subsistence hunting.


About the Virginia Zoo

The Virginia Zoo, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to more than 500 exceptional animals representing over 100 fascinating species. Founded in 1901 and residing on 53 beautifully landscaped acres, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to saving and protecting the world’s wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world. The Virginia Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in education, recreation, science, wildlife conservation, and animal care and welfare. For more than a century, the Zoo has connected adults, families and school children with the natural world and its wildlife. To learn more, visit

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