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Aardvark (Orycteropus afer)

Aardvarks are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, with the exception of the rain forests of central Africa. This distinctive mammal can be identified by its large ears, long tail and prominent snout. The body is gray and lightly covered in hair. Aardvarks can reach up to 4 feet in length and weigh 120 pounds. Powerful diggers, aardvarks use thick nails to dig into termite and ant mounds in search of insects to eat. The species has a long, thin, sticky tongue, which it uses to gather its prey. They are nocturnal, foraging for food at night and resting during the day.

 

Photographed at Lincoln Park Zoo

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Taken on April 14, 2013