In the Wild:

Aardvark are the only living species of the order Tubulidentata, although other prehistoric species and genera of Tubulidentata are known. The Aardvark's closest living relatives include tenrecs, hyraxes and elephants! They have no relation to anteaters despite their similar appearances and diet. Unlike other insectivores, it has a long, pig-like snout, which is used to sniff out food. It is a nocturnal feeder and feeds on ants and termites, which it digs out of hill using its sharp claws and powerful legs. It will also dig to create burrows in which to live and rear young. Aardvarks pair only during the breeding season. After a gestation of seven months, one cub weighing around 1.8kg is born during May-July.

Conservation Status:

The Aardvark is part of the European Endangered Species Programme. Many African tribes hunt this animal for its meat and sometimes use its body parts as charms. Other animals, like lions, hyenas and leopards naturally predate them as prey.

Quick Facts

  • Lifespan: Up to 23 years in captivity
  • Distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Habitat: Savannas, grasslands, woodlands, bushland


  • The education team are truly inspirational and clearly love the job they do. The children and adults all had a great time and will have many memories of the animals they had a chance to meet and handle. Thank you so much for taking the time to incorporate polar bear into your session as this helped to make it a more purposeful session for the children. Seeing their faces when they saw the pictures from our story on your board was priceless! The children loved seeing all the animals around the park and I wish you had been there to see them ask ALL the animals “Do you want to be friends with Polar Bear” and when the animals ran off the children said ” We will take that as a no then”. We look forward to coming back in the future.

  • Please pass on a huge thankyou to Lainie who spent time with flynn today showing him the education room, the small insects and rats, and especially the time she spent showing him the tigers which were his worst fear!

    Shepreth Wildlife park – thank you soo much you are brilliant! Would recommend to anyone!

  • First Arlesey scout group was very fortunate to have Pete and Lainie from Shepreth Wildlife Park organise an outreach session for the beaver group as part of their animal friend badge. Pete and Lainie’s enthusiasm for nature and child centered approach along with their amazing animals kept a group of 30+, 6-10 years old, engaged for a whole hour. We would be more than delighted to have Pete and Lainie come back and teach our group in the near future and will arrange another trip to Shepreth. I would recommend this type of session to any scout group that wishes to incorporate some wildlife into their programme.

  • Many thanks to ALL, Owain absolutely loved his Experience Keeper Day,  fact that much he wants to do  it again next birthday also,

    So Many Thanks Again to all.