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Searching for its next meal, a dhole, or Asian wild dog, prowls India's Bandipur National Park.
Whatever your interest, you'll be entertained and educated with our collection of best-selling DVDs. Primatologist Jane Goodall bends forward as Jou Jou, a chimpanzee, reaches out to her in Brazzaville, Congo. In Canada’s northernmost reaches, an arctic wolf gingerly tests the water near Ellesmere Island. Using biotelemetry, scientist and photographer Maurice Hornocker, with Howard Quigley, drafted a landmark conservation plan to save endangered Siberian tigers such as Koucher and Niurka, the captive cats pictured here in Gayvoron, Russia. A Hawaiian monk seal rests on the sand, seemingly unaware of the Crittercam attached to its back. A camera trap snapped this picture of a tiger cooling off in a watering hole in Bandhavgarh National Park, India.
Bending in graceful unison, six lionesses drink from a watering hole in Savuti, Botswana, where conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert have lived for more than 25 years, exploring, researching, and filming wildlife. A remotely operated camera trap captures the tail end of a crocodile slinking to its den in Zakouma National Park, Chad.
Cement skies over Luangwa Valley, Zambia, set off a string of ruby-plumed carmine bee-eaters perched on a branch.
Meet the giant forest hog, which at up to 600 pounds (275 kilograms) brings home the record-setting bacon as the world’s biggest pig.
Despite its imposing size, there’s relatively little known about the African species, a bristly black animal with prominent cheeks and sharp tusks.
Giant forest hogs live across much of central Africa, though the western population is smaller from the eastern pigs, which are much beefier. Reyna-Hurtado, who focuses on the eastern giants, is shedding new light on giant forest hog mysteries, like how far they roam, what they eat, how they interact with each other, and most of all, how they’ve managed to live such a secretive existence.
There are 18 wild pig species living today around the world, from the pygmy hog to the wild boar, but most remain poorly studied. For instance, giant forest hogs keep disperse plant species, and their activities often redistribute and aerate soil.

The team also found that Ugandan giant forest hogs prefer living in areas with both dense thickets and open areas with sparse trees.
Thanks in part to remote-triggered camera traps, the scientists noted that groups consisted of between 8 to 12 animals, including a dominant male and a female with piglets. During his research, d’Huart became fascinated by the animals because of their ability to adjust their diet and lifestyle to meet whatever conditions they find themselves in. For example, not only can the hogs thrive in a variety of habitats, but they are also omnivores, munching on everything from grass to bark to worms to fruits to insects to eggs, he said. That is, to a point—severe, nonstop hunting could locally wipe out some populations, d’Huart cautioned. One problem is that hunters can easily figure out the pigs’ well-established trails, which crisscross relatively small areas.
Since most of the pigs are hunted locally for food, they’re not part of the illegal wildlife trade, Reyna-Hurtado noted.
Feral pigs in Hawai’i have already destroyed huge areas of fragile native habitat and threaten the extinction of additional species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. I was given a Vietnamese Pot belly female and she got pregnant by a three month old son of Buddy’s. I could go on, but all I will say is don’t call an animal dumb, they know all they need to know to survive and then some. Sounds as if they need to capture a couple of families and put them in natural zoo settings to preserve thm.
We’re Moving!As of October 22, 2014, Weird & Wild will be hosted on National Geographic's main news site. Perhaps only 12,000 of these big cats remain, and those are under pressure as the wide-open grasslands they favor are disappearing at the hands of human settlers. Descended from Spanish horses brought in by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, mustangs represent a tenuous link to America's frontier past.
Choose an image and click the link which matches your screen resolution (Your current resolution is ). For the images in your folders, you may use the desktop wallpaper function provided by the photo management softwares such as ACDSee or Picasa . Goodall revolutionized primatology with her 1960s studies at Tanzania’s Gombe Stream Game Reserve, where she observed chimpanzees making and using tools, a landmark discovery in wildlife studies. George Schaller in the early 1970s, the first shots of snow leopards in the wild include this female Panthera uncia perched on a snowy crag in Pakistan's Chitral Valley. As polar exploration heated up in the early 20th century, first with Robert Peary’s North Pole expedition and then with Roald Amundsen’s South Pole trek, audiences demanded photographs of the new lands and their creatures. By means of instruments such as GPS, cameras, and transceivers, biotelemetry helps scientists remotely monitor threatened species.

Developed by National Geographic's Greg Marshall in 1986, Crittercam is a camera system that collects video, sound, and environmental data and allows scientists to remotely observe animal behavior and see the world from the animals' perspectives. Consisting of an unmanned camera set on auto and tripped by an animal crossing an infrared beam, camera traps allow wildlife experts and photographers to track numbers of endangered species and get pictures of elusive animals at close range. Decades of life in the African wild have earned the Jouberts unprecedented access to wildlife, which they share with others through books, films, and lectures. Triggered by infrared sensors tripped by the movement of a passing animal, camera traps have evolved from the trip-wire photography George Shiras pioneered in the late 1880s to high-tech digital traps with greater storage and memory capacity. Over the years, the National Geographic Society has supported many ornithological studies, from George Shiras’s Migratory Bird Treaty, a critical piece of conservation legislation, to Ernest Holt’s expedition to South America to research and photograph more than 3,000 birds representing 486 species. In fact, the hog was only scientifically described in 1904—making it one of the last big mammals to be identified on the continent. Occasionally individuals in other pig species, especially domesticated ones, can grow larger than the giant forest hog, but as a species it’s the biggest overall. For instance, very few scientists have looked at the giant forest hog, and most of that research was done in the 1970s to 1990s and published in French and German. Despite tracking a group of giant forest hogs on two expeditions, Reyna never got close enough to dart an animal so he could put a radio collar on it—the animals were always a step ahead, during one occasion making agitated, hippo-like snorts and grunts.
The scientists came across traps set by hunters, and a local patrol discovered 59 snares in just four days—set to capture not only forest hogs but other species such as bushbuck, according to Reyna.
One solution may be to inform local people that the giant forest hog is on the decline in Uganda, and work with them to find other sources of protein, such as chicken.
I’m a fan of the underdog, and I hope this will inspire more people to appreciate pigs. National Geographic is aware of the problems with video on some devices on our site and we are working to upgrade our many video players so they are compatible on all devices. I took it around a month ago during my trip to the Camargue Nature Park, where I had the luck to shoot these wonderful animals in their natural environment.
Representative and early conservationist George Shiras, beginning a long tradition of featuring wildlife photos in the magazine. National Geographic published the first photographs of snow leopards in the wild in its November 1971 issue. I think the giant forest hogs are just amazing, and I had no idea they even existed until this article.

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