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.

  • The children enjoyed and appreciated all you and your colleagues did – they gave us a lot of helpful and constructive information. Your classroom is looking great – you have created such a lovely inviting place for the children. I filled in a visitors questionnaire today because it was so nice to visit again. Shepreth is a lovely place to be, without trying to sell itself or have that ‘glossy commercial’ look that so many attractions have these days. Its just a very genuine place quietly getting on with lots of good work and, I am sure, creating a very loyal following among all who encounter it – in short, a rare treasure!

  • 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!

  • I thoroughly recommend the outreach programme. The presence of live animals in the classroom inspired my students and helped their understanding of many parts of the science national curriculum. The interpretation officers are informative and very knowledgeable. They pitched their presentation at the appropriate level, encouraging students to ask many questions and were happy to discuss my needs before the talk to ensure its relevance to my class. The whole event was a very easy way to organise a really exciting experience.