he Honey badger or ratel is a tenacious small carnivore that has a reputation for being, pound for pound, Africa's most fearless animal despite its small size. It is even listed as the "most fearless animal in the world" in the 2002 Guinness Book of Records. Tales of their fondness for honey and the foraging association between the Greater Honeyguide and honey badgers have reached almost legendary proportions. Despite the wealth of fireside stories and folklore that surround them and their extremely wide distribution, honey badgers are still relatively unknown and seldom seen. Recently (1996-1999) a field study of honey badgers in South Africa revealed more in depth information on their social life, breeding and feeding behaviour, and dispelled some of the myths. Work on honey badgers continues with current projects including genetic research and the "Badger-friendly" initiative.
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