39 to 82 kilograms (88 to 181 pounds)
1 to 1.5 meters in length (3 to 5 feet) .6 meters at the shoulder (24 inches)
18 to 23 years in the wild
All savanna types, rainforests, woodlands, and thickets
Average 7 months
Humans, lions, leopards, hyenas, pythons
Aardvarks are hunted by humans.
Many African tribes hunt this animal for its meat and sometimes use its body parts as charms—the teeth are believed to prevent illnesses. Other animals, like lions, hyenas, and leopards are its natural predators in the wild.
Habitat loss is also a threat to aardvarks.
As human populations grow, logging, agriculture, roads, and settlements destroy their habitats.
Our solutions to ensuring the aardvarks' continued existence:
AWF engages communities living near aardvark habitats to create sustainable solutions for agricultural and settlement growth by providing incentives and training on best practices.
We work to provide awareness of the lack of any medicinal or magical properties of this species.