A solitary and nocturnal member of the hyena family, the aardwolf (Proteles cristatus) specializes in feeding on

At the Cincinnati Zoo. The Cincy Zoo is the institution in North America displaying this species.

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.


  • Length: 2.8 to 3.4 ft
  • Weight: 17.6 to 22 lbs
  • Lifespan: Up to 14 yrs
  • Habitat: Savannah
  • Diet: Termites
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