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Latin name

 

Proteles cristatus

Family

 

Large mammals

Size

 

50 cm

Weight

 

9 kg

Colour

 

Sandy to yellow-brown body with four to eight dark brown, vertical stripes. Black feet and tail tip. Thick, distinctive dorsal mane from back of head to base of tail, which is tipped with black.

Appearance

 

Brown hyaena, but aardwolf's body is smaller, its muzzle is pointed and legs are long and slender. Brown hyaena has uniform brown body and no vertical stripes.

Habitat

 

Open sandy plains and scrubland.