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Aardwolf (Proteles cristata)


Body mass: approximately 10 kg
The aardwolf's favourite food is insects, especially termites, which they help to control. 

Aardwolves cannot kill livestock, yet many aardwolves are killed each year because people believe they kill lambs.  They are also killed indirectly through insecticide spraying.  Aardwolves are family oriented, with males and females living together in a territory.  Each litter is composed of 2 - 4 cubs, which are born in winter and stay with their parents until the next year’s young are born.

 

Photo by Phillip Richardson