The Aardwolf is a small, shy but curious creature that is native to Africa. They get their name from the Dutch word for "earth wolf" because of their burrowing habits. Aardwolves are opportunistic predators and eat mostly insects, but will also take small prey such as rodents, reptiles and birds.
Aardwolves have a long, shaggy coat that helps protect them from the elements and makes them well adapted to living in both arid and wet environments. They have a black stripe down their back and light colouring on their muzzle, chest and underparts. They weigh between 15 and 30 pounds and measure about 3 feet long from nose to tail.
Aardwolves are sociable animals and live in pairs or family groups. They are good climbers and can also swim well. They are nocturnal animals and spend the day resting in burrows they dig themselves or in dense vegetation.