Enjoy some aardvark facts and info on these very secretive animals

Strictly nocturnal & solitary, males & females have anal scent glands. Can be seen during the day after a cold night basking in the sun

Aardvarks dig temporary homes in the soil, once inside they cover themselves with soil. They seem to remember where these temporary homes are as they dash off when they sense danger straight to it. They also dig more permanent homes, these are tunnels that are constantly modified & can reach as much as 6m below the soils surface. These tunnels are a nuisance to farmers as vehicles sometimes fall into them. There are stories of hunters getting lost in such tunnels which provide refuge for anything from leopard to steenbok, but are needed by the south african shelduck for refuge & breeding

Feed on ants & termites, have been known to eat melons – uses its keen smell & hearing to detect underground ant nests, its eyesight is poor, they often crash into tree’s or smash through bushes when an alternative path was there. Any ant nest or termite mound that is found will be dug open with its front paws that have long, spoon-like claws & the debris is pushed away by its back feet, the aardvark will then lick the ants or termites up with its long, sticky tongue. Sand & grit are taken up with the food & aid in digestion and it’s long, dense nose bristles prevent dirt from entering its nose. Their ears fold back to protect the inner ear while digging. They forage up to 15km a night. An aardvark can dig faster than a group of men with spades. Very adaptable, can be found in all areas except deserts and forests
Gestation is about 7 months. Young are born altricial (helpless and need their parents to survive). Young are seen with their mothers after about 2 weeks & start digging for their own food after about 6 months
Mass: 50kg

Aardvarks fall into an order all by themselves – Tubulidentata. They have a long, tubular snout & no incisor or canine teeth, only constantly growing molars & premolars