AARDVARK – THE UNIQUE EARTH PIG AT OLPEJETA CONSERVANCY

I am almost certain you have no idea what an Aardvark is unless you are one heck of a keen and dedicated ecologist or conservationist if you have come across this peculiar animal count yourself in lucky to be in a very short list of people who have had this rare opportunity to see this magnificent animal.

It’s almost impossible to come across this shy and strictly nocturnal animal during the daytime

Apparently, its Swahili name is “Mhanga” I’ve got no clue what relevance it has to the Swahili saying “Kujitolea mhanga” if you have the slightest clue please enlighten us by posting after you complete reading.

Strangely these shy animals 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 include other animal features as well. It boasts rabbitlike ears and a kangaroo tail yet the aardvark is related to none of these animals.

LIFE OF AN AARDVARK

Aardvarks are nocturnal. They spend the hot African afternoon holed up in cool underground burrows dug with their powerful feet and claws that resemble small spades. After sunset, aardvarks put those claws to good use in acquiring their favourite food termites. (I guess you have now figured out why you probably have never come across one)

While foraging in grasslands and forests aardvarks, also called “antbears,” may travel several miles a night in search of large, earthen termite mounds. A hungry aardvark digs through the hard shell of a promising mound with its front claws and uses its long, sticky, wormlike tongue to feast on the insects within. It can close its nostrils to keep dust and insects from invading its snout, and its thick skin protects it from bites. It uses a similar technique to raid underground ant nests.
If you ever wander off during a game drive a hit an Aardvark hole my friend believe me you will never ever drive off-road, some of their burrows are extensively deep Hyenas are so fond of them as their bungalows because of their various compartments.
Female aardvarks typically give birth to one newborn each year. The young remain with their mother for about six months before moving out and digging their own burrows,(mansions) which can be extensive dwellings with many different openings. 
But there’s hope to come across this magnificent species a night game drive at the great Ol Pejeta Conservancy the window of opportunity a reality to see not only the aardvark but also other numerous nocturnal animals that you will most certainly never come across them in the daytime, make a date reserve your night game drive www.olpejetaconservancy.org