Although aardwolves are socially monogamous and often live together in pairs, they’re genetically polygynous and mating is not necessarily exclusive.

Although the aardwolf is socially monogamous and mated aardwolf pairs occupy the same perennial territory together with their most recent offspring, copulations are not necessarily exclusive within the pair. Extra-pair copulations regularly occur between the most aggressive males and females of less aggressive neighbors in a polygynous fashion.

Image | © Mark Dumont
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Sources | (Koehler & Richardson, 1990; Richardson, 1985; Richardson, 1987a)

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