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Aardvark Burrow

Colchester’s Zoo Aardvark Burrow houses our group of aardvarks as well as a private off-show birthing area for an expectant mother. They are also expert diggers and have a great outdoor area to explore.

We are also delighted to house a group of rock hyrax in the same closure.

Colchester Zoo is part of the European Studbook Breeding Programme which our aardvarks are apart of. We have been very successful in breeding aardvark offspring since 2007.

Our team of keeper’s import terminate porridge for our aardvarks who can eat up to 50,000 insects each night! They collect these using their sticky tongue that it can extend up to 30cm!

As aardvarks are nocturnal, our group may be curled up sleeping so make sure you check out their indoor burrow.

 


Animals in Aardvark Burrow

Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis)
Mammals

Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis)

Aardvark Burrow

Area:
Africa and the Middle East
Status:
Least concern
Quick Fact:

They are diurnal and from sunrise can often be seen on rocks, basking in the sun.

Whilst the group is foraging or basking, an adult individual stands guard over the group. If the sentry spots danger, then it gives out an alarm call and the rock hyrax run and hide in the crevices in the rocks.

The rock hyrax resembles a guinea pig with short ears and a tail. Often called the ‘rock rabbit’ or ‘dassie’.

Aardvark  (Orycteropus afer)
Mammals

Aardvark (Orycteropus afer)

Aardvark Burrow

Area:
Southern Egypt to South Africa
Status:
Least concern
Quick Fact:

Our group of aardvarks are one of the most successful breeding group of aardvarks in the UK with 9 offspring born since 2007!

As aardvarks are nocturnal you may not be able to spot them outside, so make sure to step inside the burrow to see the group curled up inside!


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