How to Draw an Aardwolf

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Aardwolf in 9 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Aardwolf.

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How to Draw an Aardwolf - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw an aardwolf! Start the head by tracing a deep letter V for the face, without making the end pointy! Then draw very pointy, very tall ears.

Step 2: Draw a line through the middle of the ears to outline them, then draw two small circles for the eyes, with a line going across to connect the two. From the eyes, trace a big nose and color in two circles for the nostrils.

Step 3: Right beneath the ear, trace a long line across the back, and from beneath the other ear, trace a short line going down. There's the body!

Step 4: Starting from the short line of the body, trace a short and skinny leg.

Step 5: Trace the other front leg, this time making sure the top lines get wider apart.

Step 6: Trace a short line across the bottom for the belly, and from there draw the first hind leg. Trace two lines that start wide apart at the top but get closer together toward the bottom.

Step 7: Draw the other hind leg, peeking out from behind the first, giving it a small bend toward the back.

Step 8: Last, draw the tail, tracing it just a little bit thick with a pointy end.

Step 9: There's your aardwolf!

Interesting Facts about Aardwolves

The aardwolf not only belongs to the hyena family, but it also looks and acts a lot like one, too. The name “aardwolf” means “earth wolf” in both the Afrikaans and Dutch languages.

Did you know?

  • The aardwolf does not hunt for larger prey like some of its relatives do. It doesn’t even eat really like meat.
  • But do you know what an aardwolf does eat? Bugs! In fact, termites are its favorite meal, and one aardwolf can eat 200,000 of them in one night! It does this by capturing the bugs with its long and sticky tongue.
  • In addition to termites, aardwolves also eat other insect larvae. Like vultures, the aardwolf sometimes feeds on the dead carcasses of larger animals, too.
  • The aardwolf lives in East and South Africa in what are known as the “scrublands.” Scrublands are large open lands that are covered with smaller trees and shrubs.

Aardwolves like to hide in burrows during the daytime, which is where they like to sleep. Aardwolves are able to make their own burrows, but they’re rather lazy and prefer to use the burrows that other animals have already made. They’ll invite themselves right into the homes of aardvarks or porcupines. They come out again at night to hunt for their food.