Who Guides Who?
Mel means ‘honey’ and voro means to ‘devour’ and the genus refers to the honey badger’s habit of eating bee larvae and honey. Contrary to popular belief, it is actually the honeyguide bird that follows the honey badger to beehives, not vice versa, to access the site once the badger has opened it up.Size
95 cm long; 26 cm shoulder heightWeight
About 12 kgLifespan
Wide habitat range - not desert/forestGestation
6 monthsNumber of young
Bee larvae, honey, a wide range of small animals including a large percentage of mice, scorpions, spiders, lizards, snakes, some larger mammals and grubs. Scavenges occasionally.Predators
Not many due to its ferocity!
By Megan Emmett