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First photographic evidence of aardwolf on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

By Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

The aardwolf Proteles cristata is the smallest member of the hyaena family (Hyaenidae). Although this insectivorous carnivore resembles the striped hyaena Hyaena hyaena in appearance, it has black feet, lacks a black throat, and is much smaller, being about the size of a jackal (9 kg). Two subspecies are recognised; P. c. septentrionalis in eastern and northeastern Africa and P. c. cristatus in southern Africa.

Günther’s dik-dik ‘frosted’ colourmorph on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya

By Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

Living in some of the hottest, driest and most thorny habitats of Africa, Günther’s dik-dik Madoqua guentheri occur over much of central and northern Kenya, northern Uganda, southeast South-Sudan, south and southeast Ethiopia, and most of Somalia. Laikipia’s smallest antelope (ca. 4.5 kg) occupies all of the bushlands of Lolldaiga Hills Ranch (1700-2200 m asl). Lolldaiga Hills Ranch lies at the southern limit of this antelope’s range in central Kenya.