Kruger Park Mammals - Aardwolf
The Aardwolf (Proteles cristatus) is a member of the Hyaena family, and similarly to the Aardvark, feeds almost exclusively on termites. They can weigh over 12 kilograms and live up to an average age of 11.
Kruger Park Aardwolf Distribution Map
As can be seen on the left, the Aardwolf is very rare in the Kruger Park and requires termites in an area for them to set up their home range. They prefer open and drier grass land. The Aardwolf also occurs in mixed and mopane woodland areas and thorn veld.
More Information On Kruger's Aardwolf
The Aardwolf is strictly nocturnal, although can be diurnal when termite hatches occur. In the Kruger Park in Winter they can also be seen in the early morning and just after sun set. When termites are scarce, the Aardwolf has been known to feed on carrion and insects. It is not uncommon for one Aardwolf to eat 300 000 termites in one night. The Aardwolf is thought to be preyed upon by all predators from the size of a Black Backed Jackal and larger.
Kruger Park Aardwolf Gallery