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Aardvark - Orycteropus afer
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Aardvark - Orycteropus afer

The aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal native to Africa. Unlike other insectivores, it has a long pig-like snout, which is used to sniff out food. It roams over most of the southern two-thirds of the African continent, avoiding areas that are mainly rocky. A nocturnal feeders, aardvarks subsist on ants and termites, which they will dig out of their hills using its sharp claws and powerful legs. Aardvarks also dig to create burrows in which to live and rear their young.

I'm working on a book called Encyclopedia of Animals for Amber Books and we have an entry for the aardvark I noticed that you have a photograph of one on the animal pictures archive website and was wondering if I could get your permission to use it in our book.

My email address is I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Kate Green
Picture Research Assistant
Amber Books
Bradley's Close
74-77 White Lion Street
N1 9PF
+44 (020) 7520 7600
Scientific Name: Orycteropus afer (Pallas, 1766)
Common Names: Aardvark, Cape Antbear; [French] Oryctérope
Myrmecophaga afra Pallas, 1766
Myrmecophaga capensis Gmelin, 1788

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