Aardvarks : Earth Pig
A recent study from Oregon State University found that a warming climate is negatively impacting the chances of long-term survival of aardvarks in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Aardvarks gets its name from a South African word meaning “earth pig.”
- They look like a pig, especially with its body and snout. But they actually share common ancestors with elephants and golden moles.
- They are nocturnal mammals, most active at night and tend to live alone. During the day, they sleep curled up in a ball in their burrows.
- This species has been assessed as having the highest score for evolutionary distinctiveness. This is because it does not have many close relatives and has been evolving independently for millions of years.
- The Aardvark is the sole surviving species of its order, Tubulidentata, and its closest relatives have been extinct since the Pleistocene era (2 million years ago).
- Aardvarks are important in their ecosystem because the holes they dig are used by a variety of other animals for shelter.
- Conservation Status :IUCN: Least Concern