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Aardwolf (Proteles cristatus)

4 August 2016

 

 
 

Physical description

Looks like a slender striped hyaena Hyaena hyaena that is similar in size to a jackal. Adult weighs some 9 kg, grows most rapidly in the first three months of life. Higher at the shoulders than at hindquarters. Long mane on the shoulders, can be erected under stress. The background coat colour varies from pale buff to yellowish-white. Three vertical black stripes on the body, one to two diagonal black stripes across the fore- and hindquarters, irregular horizontal black stripes across the legs. Black spots or stripes ssometimes present on the neck. Bushy tail is broad with black tip. Face is generally more grey than the rest of the body. Five toes on each forefoot and four on each hind foot. First digit of forefeet have especially well-developed claw. Cheek teeth reduced to pegs, palate extraordinarily wide.

Aardwolf size versus a human            Aardwolf print

 

 
 

www.leopard.tvArea and habitat

Most ancient of the living hyaenids. All the living hyaenas once occurred in South Africa, Striped hyaena now only occurs in East Africa. Other three types of hyaena are ubiquitous in southern and East Africa... (Become a subscriber for more)


Read the full article written by Prof J du P Bothma.

 

 

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