Male aardwolves help in rearing the young by guarding the den against black-backed jackals.

Guarding the den from black-backed jackals is necessary for aardwolf cub survival, but is energetically costly to the male. Thus, males could not be expected to guard cubs unless some are his offspring.

Source: (Koehler & Richardson, 1990; Richardson & Coetzee, 1988)
Image: Biodiversity Heritage Library


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