The aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal native to Africa. The name comes from earlier Afrikaans (erdvark) and means "earth pig" or "ground pig" (aarde earth/ground, vark pig).
Aardvarks live throughout Africa, south of the Sahara. Their name comes from South Africa's Afrikaans language and means "earth pig." A glimpse of the aardvark's body and long snout brings the pig to mind. On closer inspection, the aardvark appears to inc
Aardvarks (Africa) have wide, spoon-like claws on all four feet. Eating almost exclusively ants and termites, they are masterful diggers as they need several thousand insects to sustain themselves each night.