National Geographic News

Western Bush Pig

Photograph by Michael Nichols

Snapped in Gabon's Petit-Loango Reserve, a western bush pig is recognizable by its distinctive white-tasseled ears and red hair. Found in the forests and scrublands of sub-Saharan Africa, the omnivorous bush pig uses its snout to root for food. Throughout the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) Megatransect, ecologist Mike Fay painstakingly recorded "every pile of dung, every tree, every cry of a chimpanzee," to convey the importance of preserving central Africa’s rich ecosystem.

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