Aardvarks look a bit like pigs, with rabbit-like ears and a kangaroo’s tail, yet they are not related to any of these animals. In fact, one of their closest living relatives is the elephant!

Aardvarks are tough mammals that live throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. They can eat 50,000 ants in a night and are brilliantly adapted to digging with their spade-shaped feet. Aardvarks are a vital part of the ecosystem as they are prey for many species, and their old burrows provide homes for other animals such as African Wild Dogs.

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