The Aardwolf looks similar to a small, slim Striped Hyena with a white throat (or striped Alsation dog with a mane) and is usually classed as a hyena although it has very different habits. Despite the doglike appearance, hyenas are more closely related to cats.
Aardwolves have two distinct populations, one in Southern Africa and one in East Africa. The one shown here is the Eastern Aardwolf which is now classed as a subspecies (P. c. septentrionalis).
Unlike true hyenas, the Aardwolf does not scavenge or eat carrion. It is almost totally insectivorous, mainly eating termites with its long, sticky tongue. It has teeth mainly for fighting/defense.
The mane can be raised to make the animal look bigger. The Aardwolf is mainly nocturnal, resting in burrrows for most of the day. They live in monogamous pairs, defending a territory.