Aardvark means 'earth-pig' in Afrikaans. They are very secretive animals so very little is known about their way of life. 



Aardvark - Flickr - John Goodman © CC BY 2.0Order: Tubulidentata

Family: Orycteropodidae

Species: Orycteropus afer

IUCN Red List Status: Least concern.

Distribution: Africa, south of the Sahara.

Habitat: Open woodland, scrub and grassland.

Size: length: 105 - 130cm, plus tail 45 - 63cm.

Weight: 40 - 65kg.

Life-span: Up to 10 years in captivity, unknown in wild.

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