The aardvark, scientifically known as Orycteropus afer, is a unique mammal native to Africa. It’s primarily found in sub-Saharan Africa, roaming across a range of habitats including savannas, grasslands, woodlands, and scrublands.

Aardvarks distribution by country:

  1. South Africa: Aardvarks are found throughout much of South Africa, including regions like the Kruger National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and various other wildlife reserves and conservation areas.
  2. Namibia: They inhabit various parts of Namibia, particularly in the northern regions such as Etosha National Park and the Kalahari Desert.
  3. Botswana: Aardvarks are present in Botswana, often seen in areas like the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, and the Kalahari Desert.
  4. Zimbabwe: They are found in Zimbabwe, particularly in areas such as Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park.
  5. Zambia: Aardvarks can be found in Zambia, including regions like South Luangwa National Park and Kafue National Park.
  6. Kenya: Though less common, aardvarks are occasionally spotted in certain parts of Kenya, such as Tsavo National Park and Laikipia Plateau.
  7. Tanzania: Similarly, aardvarks have been recorded in Tanzania, particularly in locations like Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  8. Angola: Aardvarks are found in Angola, particularly in savanna and woodland habitats.
  9. Mozambique: They inhabit parts of Mozambique, especially in the southern and western regions.
  10. Other Countries: While less common, aardvarks may also be found in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including parts of Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Aardvarks are solitary and nocturnal creatures, well-adapted for digging with their strong claws and long snouts, which they use to find their favorite food—termites. Despite their widespread distribution, aardvarks are generally elusive and not commonly seen due to their nocturnal habits and preference for secluded habitats.

Aardvarks in Zoos

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