65 to 90 centimeters
7 to 10 kilograms
12 years in captivity
Aardwolves are creatures that appear in The Lion King universe.
In the Real World
Aardwolves are a species of hyena. They very much resemble striped hyenas but are smaller and thinner in size. They bear a yellowish coat with black vertical stripes. The tip of their tail and their legs from the knee down are black. Shy creatures, they typically hunt at night and sleep in underground burrows during the day, occasionally becoming diurnal hunters during the cooler winter months.
Termites make up much of their diet. An aardwolf can consume up to 250,000 termites per night. To a much lesser extent, they may also feed on insect larvae, eggs, small mammals, and birds. Their most common predators are black-backed jackals, which prey on pups and unwary adults.
Aardwolves are found in Southern, Eastern, and Northeastern Africa.
In the Universe
The Lion Guard is brought to an aardvark den that appears to be overrun by spotted hyenas. Kion uses The Roar of the Elders to scare the animals off. Over the next few days, the Pride Lands become infested with termites, and Simba suggests that the Guard consult the aardwolves. The Guard realizes they had mistakenly chased off the aardwolves instead of spotted hyenas and set off to find them in the Outlands.
After Bunga later saves Mjomba's life, he helps them search for the rest of the aardwolves. At this time, Reirei and Goigoi have trapped them in an abandoned den for a meal. The jackals are ultimately defeated by the Guard, who then return to the Pride Lands with the aardwolves.