The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Aardwolf

Afrikaans name: Aardwolf

Aardwolf

Aardwolf

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Proteles cristatus

The Aardwolf has an interesting distribution. It is widely distributed in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and its range extends slightly into Angola and Zambia. It is also found in East Africa up to Egypt.

The fact that this interesting mammal has such a wide distribution shows that it can live in a wide variety of habitats. It does, however, prefer areas of open spaces and wouldn’t be found in a forest.

The bulk of the Aardwolf’s diet is made up of termites, but it does eat some insects as well. Its dentition does not allow it to eat flesh despite having fairly long canine teeth. There are many farmers who believe that these creatures kill sheep there is no evidence to support this claim.

The Aardwolf is around 50 cm high and weighs up to 11 kg. Their fur is pale brown or buff in colour with several black stripes on the body and legs. The tail is predominantly black. They are nocturnal animals which are sometimes seen in the early morning or late afternoon.

The females give birth to up to four young in summer. The young are born in the security of a den, and they remain there for up to 8 weeks. At around 12 weeks they are able to accompany their parents and go looking for food.

References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Africa including Madagascar - Author: Theodor Haltenorth and Helmut Diller - Published: 1980 - Page: 216

A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife - 3rd - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2000 - Page: 36

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Published: 1999 - Page: 72

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Published: 1987 - Page: 107

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edit - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1988 - Page: 150

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 151

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1997 - Page: 270

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2001 - Page: 150

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Published: 1987 - Page: 85

First Field Guide to Animal Tracks of Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2003 - Page: 33

Guide to the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park - Author: Gus Mills and Clem Haagner - Published: 1996 - Page: 38

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 418

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Published: 1987 - Page: 287

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Published: 1986 - Page: 94

Maberlys Mammals of Southern Africa - Revised edition - Author: Richard Goss - Published: 1986 - Page: 58

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 1987 - Page: 41

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Published: 1980 - Page: 30

Pollinators, Predators and Parasites - Author: C. Scholtz, J. Scholtz, H. De Klerk - Published: 2021 - Page: 180

Predators of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Grobler, Hall-Martin & Walker - Published: 2012 - Page: 96

Questions and Answers - Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 6

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1986 - Page: 89

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1996 - Page: 84

South African Animals in the Wild - Author: Anthony Bannister - Published: 1985 - Page: 97

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 320

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 66

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 103

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 134

The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 2011 - Page: 128

The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa - Author: P. Briggs - Published: 2020 - Page: 322

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 75

Wild Ways - 2nd Edition - Author: Peter Apps - Published: 2000 - Page: 66

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 208


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