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Earth wolf informations, facts - classicanimal

Earth wolf is a medium-sized mammal species native to East and South Africa. It is an insectivorous animal and mostly eats insects or larvae. They are closely related to Hyenas, but the main difference is they do not attack large animals. It can be found in arid savanna, bushveld, desert, semi-desert areas.

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Their scientific name is Proteles Cristata. Its name came from an African word. They are called AardwolfMaanhaar jackalCivet hyena, Ant hyena.

Common Name: Earth wolf
Scientific Name: Proteles Cristata

Scientific Classification 

Earth wolf belongs to the family of Hyaenidae. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern'.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Hyaenidae
Genus: Proteles
Group: Mammal
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Living & Habitat

Earth wolf is mostly found in East and Southern AfricaThey prefer habitats such as shrubland.

Living Locations: Africa
Habitat: Shrubland

Physical Classification

Earth wolf is a medium-sized mammal species and whole body covers with yellowish-white, reddish short fur with black vertical stripes on their upper body. An adult around 7 kg to 8 kg in weight. Normally their length is around 1.8 ft to 2.6 ft. It can run at a speed of up to 20 km/h.

Color: Yellowish-white, Reddish
Weight: 7 kg to 8 kg(Approx)
Size: 1.8 ft to 2.6 ft(Approx)
Top Speed: 20 km/h(Approx)


Earth wolf is mainly part of the Carnivore diet, which means they eat meats. They are mostly eating ants, termites. They have some natural predators like humans, dogs.

Diet: Carnivore
Favorite Food: Ants, Termites
Predators: Humans, Dogs


Earth wolves can live up to 12 years in the wild. It is both nocturnal and diurnal. They are commonly solitary animals. At the age of 2 years, male and female earth wolf is ready for sexual maturity. Their gestation period lasts around 3 months and then is born two young. The young are called pups. Those young spend 2 months with their mother.

Lifestyle: Nocturnal
Group behavior: Solitary
Group Behaviour: Solitary
Lifespan: Up to 12 Years
Age of Sexual Maturity: 2 Year
Gestation Period: 3 Months
Average Litter Size: 2
Name of baby: Cub, Pup, Whelp
Age of Weaning: 2 Months

Sort Facts

  • Earth wolf likes to live in greenery places.
  • They can eat 2,50,000 termites in one single night.
  • They spend their days in the underground to protect themselves from dry heat.
  • If a big animal or human attack them, they will raise their manes as a warning signal.



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