There is a large number of documents that state that a Honey Badger will utilize the holes that were dug by other animals for their dens. The other day I was driving with a group of French tourists when we stumbled across two Honey badgers foraging for food using their powerful claws to dig. Their claws are very strong and long which allows them to dig out their favourite food stuffs, which include things such as rodents, scorpions, spiders or even a snake sleeping in his burrow. As we where observing them they made their way to a large termite mound that was riddled with the scars of previous aardvark diggings. When they approached the mound their behaviour changed into a more relaxed mood as they began to chase each other in and out of the holes and rolling in the dust. Eventually the smaller one entered the hole and was not seen after that. With Honey Badgers not being commonly seen due to human activities my previous experience with their habits was very limited. I therefore started reading up and investigating their habits further from the research other had published in the books on our ranger’s library shelves. After also  speaking to one of my colleagues who actually saw these same two honey badgers (a mother and her pup) before, I realized that this behavioural change happened between them because of them being close to their safe zone, their burrow. And what a place to choose your safe zone when the easiest way for you to kill rodents is by cornering them in burrows. After a few days I returned to the mound once again and much to mu surprise discovered that the burrow seems to be used regularly due to all the fresh tracks and signs which were in evidence. I wanted to determine whether this was their home or not and soon realised that it was indeed their home. Watching these two badgers really gave me a better understanding of their habits and just seeing them was a moment that will stick with me for many years.

By Johnathan

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