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					The Aardwolf is a smaller member of the family of animals that the hyena
belongs to. They have a very unique and different diet than the hyena as
well. While the Hyena primarily is a meat eater, the Aardwold eats
termites, bugs and flyer bugs. Their name means earth wolf in African, a
name given to them by the Dutch setters who came to Africa.
African Earth wolf

It is in fact a type of hyena but very rarely east carrion or dead
materials such as the hyena eats.
The subfamily of Hyena called Protelinae is the species to which the
Aardwolf belongas and it is the last surviving member of that family. All
others have gone extinct.

The Aardwolf has a mane that runs down its neck and shoulders in the
middle and it has black stripes that show up well against brighter,
yellow colored fur. It raises the main using erector type muscles when it
is frightened or nervous and the aardwolf looks a great deal larger when
it does so.

The Aardwolf has legs that are much longer than the back legs, such as
the hyena does and there are five toes on their front feet not four as
the hyena has. In comparison to other hyenas or hyena families the
aardwolf is quite a log smaller. It is only about two feet long rather
than three, and is just about 20 inches tall at the shoulder for the

The aardwolf is very shy and nocturnal, appearing to feed and hunt at
night. They have feet and teeth and tongue that are well suited to
lapping up insects rather than tearing away at meat as their cousins do.
As they age the aardwolf will lose some of their teeth and this actually
doesn’t impact their ability to eat at all because they primarily eat
ants, grubs and even maggots.

In self defense the aardwolf will spray a liquid that is remarkably foul
smelling and they also use this to mark territory as well as a way to
warn off or to draw in other aardwolves. They live in southern portions
of Africa-on the grassy plain area, and hunting termites and other
insects at night, they can consume as many as two hundred thousand in a

Aardwolves don’t always stay in packs, in fact they are quite solitary,
unlike hyenas. They will share burrows when they have cubs but seldome at
any other time.
The female aardwolf will have a set of two to four cubs at a time, after
about 100 days of gestation and while the females will hunt for food, the
males will guard the cubs, but after about 2 months, the cubs will go
with the female when they hunt.

The aardwolf has lived as long as 12-13 years in captivity but as wild
aardwolves, they may live as long as 15 years.

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