Honey Badger


Mellivora capensis
Body weight: 7,9 - 14,5kg
Pregnancy : 6 months (October to January)
Number of young: 2
Life expectancy; 24 years

Widely distributed in southern Africa, honey badgers are fearless, display considerable aggression and have a powerful bite.  Their loose skin enables them to turn easily upon anything that attempts to take hold of them.  They will also turn and attack humans and vehicles and are therefore best left alone.  Honey badgers are good at digging and, like the mongoose, are fond of digging out hardened dung beetle balls in search of larvae.  These nocturnal creatures live in holes where, usually, they lie up during the day.  Their sense of smell is acute.