- A large, nocturnal mammal native to Africa, having a long, tubular snout, heavy tail, and long, pig-like body.
- A burrowing mammal, Orycteropus afer, found in Africa and having a long snout and large ears.
Derived from afrikaans words 'aard' meaning 'earth' and 'vark' meaning 'pig'.
- Aardvarks are solitary animals, and are most active at night, foraging for food.
- The aardvark is well adapted to life in the African savannah, with strong, sharp claws that it uses to dig burrows for shelter.
- Aardvarks are known for their long snouts, which they use to sniff out ants and termites, their main source of food.
- The aardvark is one of the few species that can eat both ants and termites, making it an important part of the ecosystem in Africa.
- Aardvarks are slow-moving animals, and have a tendency to curl up into a ball when threatened, using their tails as a defensive weapon.