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National Aardvark Day

Peter is an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer with over 50 years of work within zoos.

The Aardvark

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National Aardvark Day

The 19th March is National Aardvark Day. This is the day we celebrate the Aardvark or 'Earth Pig' Orycteropus afer. A nocturnal African species quite unlike any other. It remains fairly widespread over much of the Southern Africa where it feeds in the main on ants and termites.

There is a single species but a number of subspecies within its range.

Dobby - Aardvark birth at Chester Zoo

Some Aardvark Facts

1/ Aardvarks are nocturnal.

2/ Aardvarks are excellent swimmers.

3/ Aardvarks have a sort of symbiotic relationship with the 'Aardvark Cucumber' which is the only vegetable they eat.

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4/ The Aardvark eats ants and termites...the only exception being the cucumber.

5/ The Aardvark is a exceptional digger and can make a burrow in the just a matter of minutes.

6/ The Egyptian God 'Seth' was believed to have the head of an Aardvark.

7/ Aardvarks have their place in Children's books and cartoons.

Classic Sesame Street - I'm An Aardvark

The Egyptian God 'Set'

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