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Aardwolf (Proteles cristata): The aardwolf (Proteles cristata) is a small, insectivorous mammal, native to East and Southern Africa. Its name means ‘earth wolf’ in Afrikaans and Dutch. It is also called ‘maanhaar jackal’ (Afrikaans for ‘mane jackal’) or civet hyena, based on its habit of secreting substances from its anal gland, a characteristic shared with the civet. The aardwolf is in the same family as the hyena. Unlike many of its relatives in the order Carnivora, the aardwolf does… (Source: Wikipedia, ”, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aardwolf, CC BY-SA 3.0 . Photo: (c) Dkaeuferle, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA))
My botty best at summarizing from Wikipedia: the aardwolf is an insectivorous mammal native to East and Southern africa . its name means “earth-wolf” in Afrikaans and Dutch . it is in the same family as the hy the aardwolf lives in the shrublands of eastern and southern africa . it is nocturnal, resting in burrows during the day and emerging at night to seek food . scientists thought it was merely mimic the specific name, cristatus, comes from Latin and means “provided with a comb”, relating to their mane . the mane is raised during confrontations to make the aardwolf appear larger the aardwolf is about 55 to 80 cm (22 to 31 in) long, excluding its bushy tail . it stands about 40 to 50 cm (16 to 20 in) tall at the shoulders . an adult a as an aardwolf ages, it will normally lose some of its teeth . due to their specific food requirements, they are only found in regions where termites of the family Hodotermitidae occur aardwolves spend most of the year in shared territories . the species does not occur in the intermediary miombo forests . there are two distinct populations: one in southern africa and another in east and northeast africa . the majority of incursions occur during mating season, when they can occur once or twice per week . when food is scarce, the stringent territorial system may be abandoned and as many as three pairs may occupy a “s mark near termite mounds within their territory every 20 minutes or so . aardwolf pair may have up to 10 dens and numerous feces middens . when they deposit excreta at mid their dens are abandoned aardvark, springhare, or porcupine dens, or on occasion they are crevices in rocks . they will also dig their own dens or enlarge dens the aardwolf may attempt to mislead its foe by doubling back on its tracks . it also emits a foul-smelling liquid from its anal glands . this genus of termites an aardwolf may consume up to 250,000 termites per night using its long, sticky tongue . they do not destroy the termite mound or consume the entire colony . the primary termites become scarce during certain the southern aardwolf seeks out a type of harvester termite active in the afternoon . they are known to feed on insects, larvae, eggs, and occasionally small mammals and birds . unlike other h the adult aardwolf was formerly assumed to forage in small groups . but more recent research has shown that they are primarily solitary foragers . their primary source, Trinervitermes, forages in dominant males mate opportunistically with females of less dominant neighboring aardwolves . females will mate with dominant male, which increases chances of dominant male guarding cubs the male may spend up to six hours a night watching over the cubs while the mother is out looking for food . after three months, they begin supervised foraging and by four months are normally independent . by the time aardwolves achieve sexual maturity at one and a half to two years of age . they maintain a density of no more than 1 per square kilometer, if food is abundant . in some areas, they are per the oldest recorded aardwolf in captivity at 18 years and 11 months . dog bites and insecticides are also common killers . “Proteles cristatus: Aardwolf”. IUCN Retrieved 22 March 2009.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)old-form url Anon (1998). Wildlife Fact File. Group 1. IMP Publishing Ltd. Card 144. ISBN 978-1886614772 Burt, Jonathon (ed.). Hyena. Animal. London, UK: Reaktion Books. pp. Goodwin, George G. (1997). “Aardwolf”. In Johnston, Bernard (ed.). Collier’s Encyclopedia. A to Ameland (1st ed.). New York, NY: P.F. Collier.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) Hoiberg, Dale H. (2010). “A A-Ak – Bayes (15th ed.). Chicago, IL: Encyclopdia Britannica, Inc. ISBN 978-1-59339-837-8.CS1 main doi:10.2307/3504197.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) Koepfli, Klaus-Peter; Jenks, Susan M.; Eizirik, Eduardo; Za 38 (3): 603–620. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.529.1977. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2005.10.017. ISSN 1055-7903. P Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 978-1-56098-096-4.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) Nowak, Ronald M. (2005). Walker’s Carnivores of the “maanhaar”. Oxford English Dictionary. Retrieved 23 April 2014.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) Richardson, Phillip K. R.; Bearder, Simon K. (1984). “The Hy Encyclopedia of Mammals. New York, NY: Facts on File Publication. ISBN 978-0-87196-871-5.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) Rieger, Ingo (1990 Grzimek’s Encyclopedia of Mammals. 3. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-07-909508-4.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) “aard-wolf”. The Oxford English Dictionary. I: A — Bazouki (2nd ed.). Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0-19-861213-1.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). “Order Carni Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 573. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-84418-5. Retrieved 15 March 2013. Collier’s New Encyclopedia. 1921. “Aard-wolf” . 1922. “Battle of the wolves”: a satirical novel .