The aardwolf is a small, insectivorous mammal, native to East and Southern Africa. Its name means “earth wolf” in Afrikaans and Dutch.
Scientific name: Proteles cristata
Mass: 17 lbs
Conservation status: Least Concern
Trophic level: Carnivorous
Did you know: Aardwolf can eat up to 250,000 termites in one night.
Facts about the Aardwolf For Kids
- Aardwolf looks similar to striped hyena. However unlike aardwolf striped hyenas are carnivorous.
- It has 7.9–11.8 in long tail with the shoulder height measuring at 16 to 20 in.
- Aardwolf weighs as much as 15–22 lb.
- It has pale yellow to reddish coat. The aardwolf’s body is all covered with long furs.
- It lives in Tanzania, Somalia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Uganda, and Egypt.
- Aardwolf builds habitat in open areas such as bushland, savannas, grasslands, dry plains.
- They are nocturnal animals.
- Aardwolf’s sounds include clucking and hoarse barking.
- Aardwolf travels about 5.0–7.5 mi in the entire summer season.
- Aardwolf can live up to 10 years in the wild and up to 18 years in captivity.