The forename aardvark come from a word meaning "earth pig." though the aardvark, endemic to Africa, share some similarity with the South American anteater, the two are not related. The previous survivor of a group of primitive ungulates, the aardvark could more precisely be called a near-ungulate that has urbanized powerful claws.
Aardvarks are establish in all regions, from dry savanna to rain forest, where there are enough termites for food, access to water and sandy or clay soil. If the soil is too hard, aardvarks, despite being speedy, powerful diggers, will move to area where the digging is easier.
Aardvarks are nocturnal, more often than not waiting until dark before they come out from their burrows, though after a cold night, they may occasionally sun themselves. They leave a distinctive track from dragging their tails throughout which their travels standard one to three miles but can range up to 18 miles a night. Aardvarks are seldom seen, but their presence in an area serves many other animals.
Bats, ground squirrels, hares, cats, civets, hyenas, jackals, porcupines, warthogs, monitor lizards, owls and other birds use abandoned aardvark holes as shelter. The burrows vary from simple chambers with one entrance, to a complicated maze of galleries with 20 or more entrances. Aardvarks keep their burrows clean they deposit their dung in a hole away from the entrance, carefully covering it with earth.