Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Aardwolf

One more image. An aardwolf, which is of course no wolf at all, by Jonathan Kingdon. Can you read the inscription?

6 comments:

lizequinox said...

Aardwolf or hyena, each quite elegant & beautiful. Can't imagine just a few agreeing with that. Love the artwork!

Reid Farmer said...

I am currently pouring over his Pocket Guide to African Mammals

Anonymous said...

I don't know if I would call either a hyena or aardwolf "beautiful", but certainly interesting-looking and fascinating critters! I COULD see a dainty, shy aardwolf as "elegant" perhaps. After being in an encampment(with only a little pup tent for "protection"; although there were trees to climb nearby, and we were around a campfire, which seemed to keep them at bay somewhat) in East Africa one night, many many years ago, and listening to the incredible, mind-boggling cacophony of vocalizations between two rival Spotted Hyena clans(our camp being right on the border of the two packs) that got into a serious territorial dispute that evening(and their hulking bodies also occasionally visible dashing in and out of the firelight, with many glowing eyes all around us), the best term I have to describe THEM is "FORMIDABLE!" And YES, I keep a Kingdon guide to African Mammals by my bedside and refer to it REGULARLY! Plus, I got FOR FREE, 4 BEAUTIFUL large posters(I did have to buy frames for them) that I keep in my "Africa Room" in my house--his magnificent renderings of African Primates, African Ungulates, African Carnivores(including the aforementioned Aardwolf and all the hyena species!), and another on South African Mammals generally. Am I gloating too much here?.....L.B.

Steve Bodio said...

I want to see those posters! Where did you get them?

Anonymous said...

Maybe I could send you some old fashioned photos of them--I'll try(though my past record of getting you photos has not been very good--sorry. For the uninformed, I don't have any of these modern camera phone computer doohickey gizmos). I was offered them from STACKS of them presented/acquired by our education department at the zoo I work at(many years ago, or I'd go immediately and secure some for you!), possibly because of the close friendship between our current Director here, and Mister Kingdon(who has visited this zoo several times--I told you and mentioned you during his last visit, you'll remember....). There are also Kingdon framed illustrations all over the zoo's main office building he donated--beautiful!......L.B.

Matt Miller said...

We saw several aardwolves in South Africa's Northern Cape in September. Cool animals. The Northern Cape is nocturnal mammal paradise--we also saw aardvarks, black-footed cats, African wild cats, bat-eared foxes, rock rabbits and more.