Aardwolf

Aardwolf (Proteles cristata)

Aardwolf description

Dog-like in appearance, the aardwolf (Proteles cristata) is a hyena characterised by a distinctive sloping back, large, pointed ears and a long mane running from the back of the head to the tail . Varying from pale yellow to almost red in colour, the aardwolf has thick under-fur covered with denser guard hair . This coat is patterned with regular black stripes – three on the body and one or two on both the fore- and hind-quarter.Tthe legs and neck may also be marked with irregular stripes and spots . The aardwolf has a slender head and neck with a.

Habitat

The aardwolf primarily inhabits open, grassy plains but can survive almost anywhere which has an average annual rainfall of 100 to 800 millimetres, although it does avoid forested areas

Range

 

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