AARDVARK - SOLITARY ANIMAL
The Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is a nocturnal, solitary animal, and is the only surviving member of the order Tubulidentata. It is placed alone in this order, because of its special teeth, which, instead of having a pulp cavity, have lots of thin tubes of dentine, each containing pulp and held together by cementum. Adults have only molars at the back of the jaw as teeth, the other teeth fall out. Its diet consists almost exclusively on ants and termites and the only fruit it eats: cucumber. The aardvark uses its front legs to dig out termites and ants and it uses them to create burrows. The aardvark weighs between 40 and 60 kilograms and is named after the Dutch words for "earth" and "pig". It lives in the sub-Saharan desert and is not threatened.
60 Kg (132 lbs)
The Aardvark, antbear is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.
60 Kg (132lbs)
Weight At Birth
1.8 kg (3.96lbs)
Least Concern (LC)
Basal Metabolic Rate
Brookfield Zoo (United States)
Dry Savanna, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, Moist Savanna, Savanna, Shrubland and Subtropical/ Tropical Dry Shrubland.
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