May 2017: Aardwolf

Common Name  Aardwolf
Scientific Name  Proteles cristata
Alternate Names  Civet Hyena, Didingwe, Earth Wolf, Erdwolf, Fisi-Ya-Nkole, Fisi Mdogo, Gïb, Gray Jackal, Ingci, Inthuhu, Kgarangwê, Maanhaarjakkals, Maanhaar Jackal, Mane Jackal, Maned Jackal, Mwena, Ndloti, Protéle, Thikhoi
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Hyaenidae Proteles
  Least Concern   Africa   Nocturnal   Solitary   Carnivore
 15-20 inches  21-40 inches
 17-31 pounds  8-19 years
Front Hind

The aardwolf (Proteles cristata,) is the smallest and most unique member of the Hyaenidae family, categorized under the order Carnivora. Two subspecies are usually recognized, Proteles cristata cristata located in South Africa and Proteles cristata septentrionalis residing in eastern and northeastern Africa. As a mammal, the aardwolf has fur that varies in color from pale yellows to red-browns and bares striking black stripes: three along the body, one or two on both the fore- and hind-quarters, and several irregular stripes on the legs. However, unlike most mammals, it feeds almost primarily on termites making it a true myrmecophage.

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