Aardvark

Orycteropus afer

The aardvark is specialized to eat ants and termites. Sweeping its snout from side to side along the ground, the aardvark sniffs out an insect nest. It digs in with its shovel-shaped claws, and licks up the ants and termites with its long, sticky tongue. One aardvark eats more than 50,000 insects a night!

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Night Hunters
lengthLength: 3.4 to 4.2 ft
weightWeight: 88 to 143 lbs
lifespanLifespan: Up to 10 yrs in captivity
habitatHabitat: Woodland, scrubland, and grassland
dietDiet: Ants and termites