Estimated Wild Population
Aardvarks have large fleshy ears, a long tail, a prominent snout, and a long sticky tongue that can slip inside termite mounds to capture prey. These distinctive mammals have a gray body that is lightly covered in hair. They can reach up to four feet in length and weigh 120 pounds. Nocturnal, they forage for food at night and rest during the day. Solitary and territorial animals, they only come together to breed. Females give birth in their burrow and newborns remain underground for several weeks until they mature.
Interesting Fact 1
Aardvarks are powerful diggers that use their thick nails to break into termite and ant mounds in search of food.
Interesting Fact 2
"Aardvark" translates to "earth pig" in South Africa's Afrikaans language.
Interesting Fact 3
Their tongue can measure up to 11 inches long.
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