Aardvarks on the Ranch

On Manyara Ranch Conservancy, night-game-drives are a regular occurrence. Usually departing after dinner, we take our time to explore the exclusive wilderness. Searching for a variety of nocturnal African species, we sometimes come across a very special and relatively rare specie: the Aardvark. Aardvarks live in sub-Saharan Africa, where there is suitable habitat for them to live, such as savannasgrasslandswoodlands andbushland, with available food (i.e., ants and termites).The aardvark is nocturnal, a solitary creature that feeds almost exclusively onants and termites (formicivore); the only fruit eaten by aardvarks is the aardvark cucumber. An aardvark emerges from its burrow in the late afternoon or shortly after sunset, and forages over a considerable home range encompassing 10 to 30 square km, swinging its long nose from side to side to pick up the scent of food.

The closest living relatives of the aardvark are the elephant shrews, along with the sirenianshyraxestenrecs, and elephants. With their extinct relatives, these animals form the superorder Afrotheria.