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  1. This is what came to visit us a few years ago. We heard the dogs barking and went outside and saw this little chap. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Cool, they are very hard to see under any conditions.
      Posted 2 months ago
  2. A spectacular species intro to the site. It does not happen often that we get a new carnivore. Well done! Posted 5 years ago
  3. Oh, and it is named quite attractively, alphabetically. Listed as 3rd species of several thousands in our wildlife browser:

    Posted 5 years ago
  4. From today's Facebook post:
    This awesomely odd creature is an aardwolf (Proteles cristata)! Despite its common name, the aardwolf is neither an aardvark nor a wolf. It’s a small, shy, dog-like animal in the hyena family that is native to the scrublands of southern and eastern Africa. It has black stripes and a mane that poofs up like a mohawk when it feels threatened.

    Unlike its carnivorous relatives, the aardwolf doesn’t hunt large animals. Rather, it eats insects—specifically termites, just like an aardvark. The aardwolf has peg-like teeth that are perfectly adapted to eating termites, but would be completely incapable of masticating meat. When feasting on termites, the aardwolf is a very conscientious eater. It’s very careful to not cause too much damage to the termite mound, nor does it overeat. Instead of digging and devouring feverishly, the aardwolf carefully licks up the termites with its specialized tongue. Nevertheless, one aardwolf can actually eat up to 250,000 termites per night! Once it is satiated, it memorizes the location of the mound and will return once the termites have a chance to rebuild, thus ensuring a continual supply of food. As termite specialists, aardwolves have an important, natural role in pest control. By reducing termite populations in their range, aardwolves help prevent crop and wood damage. Overall, their gentle foraging methods and low population density ensures that their impact on the ecosystem is a positive one! {Spotted in South Africa by JungleDragon user, Msalicat} #JungleDragon #Aardwolf #Protelescristata

    Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago

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The aardwolf is a small, insectivorous mammal, native to East Africa and Southern Africa. Its name means "earth wolf" in the Afrikaans / Dutch language. It is also called "maanhaar jackal", or ''civet hyena'', based on the secretions from their anal glands. The aardwolf is in the same family as the hyenas. Unlike many of its relatives in the order Carnivora, the aardwolf does not hunt large animals, or even eat meat on a regular basis; instead it eats insects, mainly termites – one aardwolf can.. more

Similar species: Carnivorans
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Uploaded May 1, 2014. Captured Jun 20, 2011 13:29.
  • PENTAX K-7
  • f/6.7
  • 1/500s
  • ISO200
  • 200mm