Proteles cristatus

A solitary and nocturnal member of the hyena family, the aardwolf specializes in feeding on termites. Rather than digging into a termite nest, the aardwolf simply licks up the insects with its long tongue and chomps down on them with its peg-like molars. A single aardwolf can consume 200,000 termites in one night.


Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Night Hunters
lengthLength: 2.8 to 3.4 ft
weightWeight: 17.6 to 22 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: Up to 14 yrs
habitatHabitat: Savannah
dietDiet: Termites