The aardwolf (Proteles cristata) is a small, insectivorous hyena, native to Eastern and Southern Africa. The name means “earth wolf” in Afrikaans/Dutch. It is also called “maanhaar jackal” Unlike other hyenas, the diet of the aardwolf almost completely consists of termites, other insect larvae and carrion.
AARDWOLF live as monogamous pairs, with their young, defending the same territory. Young aardwolves generally achieve sexual maturity after two years.
During the breeding season, unpaired male aardwolves will search their own territory as well as others’ for a female to mate with. When possible, dominant males will also mate with the females of less dominant males.
Gestation lasts between 90 and 110 days, producing one to five cubs. The first six to eight weeks are spent in the den with the mother. After three months, they begin supervised foraging and by four months are normally independent. However, they will often use the same den as their mother until the next breeding season. They can live up to 15 years in captivity.
Their status is Least Concern - source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aardwolf
Baby Aardwolf (by Hennie van Heerden)