Honey Badger

(Mellivora capensis)

The Honey badger are widespread in Africa. Honey badgers are fearless, display considerable aggression and have a powerful bite. Their loose skin enables them to turn easily upon any threat that attempts to take hold of them. Additionally they will turn and attack humans and vehicles – they are best left alone.

The Honey Badger

Honey Badger

Honey badgers are very good at digging and, like the mongoose, are fond of digging out the hardened dung beetles balls in search of larvae. They live in holes where, usually, they lie up during the day being mainly nocturnal. They have an acute sense of smell.

A honey badgers diet consists of a wide variety of food. This active animal will feed on reptiles, insects, larvae of dung beetles, eggs, ground birds, wild fruit, grubs, the honey of bees and even scorpions. They have an interesting relationship with the honey guide whom they follow in search of a bee hive.