What is this cute little mammal?
The aardwolf (Proteles cristata) is a small, insectivorous mammal, dwelling in East and Southern Africa. Its name, which comes from Afrikaans and Dutch, means "earth wolf". It belongs to the same family as the hyenas, and can be distinguished from his relatives in the order Carnivora by not hunting large animals. It eats insects, mainly termites – one aardwolf can eat about 250,000 termites during a single night, using its long, sticky tongue to capture them.
Aardwolves are considered small animals, reaching 3 feet in length and 25-30 pounds in weight. They are active during the night. Their main enemies are jackals and humans. Being captured, aardwolves can survive up to 15 years. In the natural environment their live circle lasts for about 8 years.