Shoulder height 60cm. Weight up to 70kg.
This singularly bizarre nocturnal insectivore is unmistakable with its long snout, huge ears and powerful legs, adapted to dig up the nests of termites, on which it feeds. Aardvarks occur throughout southern Africa, except the driest western areas of the Namib. Though their distinctive three-toed tracks are often seen, and they are not uncommon animals, sightings of them are rare.
Aardvarks prefer areas of grassland and sparse scrub, rather than dense woodlands. They are absent from Zambia's floodplains and marshes, but otherwise occur throughout the country where termites are found.