Aardvark burrow in a city??

The Blue Bend Nature Reserve, situated in East London, abutting the suburb of Beacon Bay is the the home of one of Africa’s strangest mammals the Aardvark, Orycteropus afer.

On a recent dune forest audit the burrow of an Aardvark was documented in a hanging dune slack mid-way between the beach and Beacon Bay. See illustration below.

Aardvark burrow (centre of pic above the backpack)

These animals are rarely seen during the day and feed prodominantly on termites and ants. They have also been recorded eating the fruit of the wild cucumber. Occupied burrows usually have flies buzzing around the entrance. They can weigh between 40 and 70 kg and have a pig-like snout.

Reference: Field Guide to the Mammals of southern Africa by Chris and Tilde Stuart

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