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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!

Aardvark standing in habitat

Did You Know?

Large Listeners: Long ears listen for signs of predators like lions and leopards while an aardvark is busy foraging.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Orycteropus afer

Central and southern Africa

Woodland, scrubland, and grassland

3.4 to 4.2 ft

10 yrs

Zoo Location:
Night Hunters

Ants and termites