The Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) , sometimes called "antbear" is a medium-sized mammal native to Africa. The name comes from the Afrikaans/Dutch for "earth pig" because early settlers from Europe thought it resembled a pig. However, the Aardvark is not closely related to pigs, being placed in its own order. The Aardvark is nocturnal and is a solitary creature that feeds almost exclusively on ants and termites. When a concentration of ants or termites is detected, the Aardvark digs into it with its powerful front legs, keeping its long ears upright to listen for predators, and takes up an astonishing number of insects with its long, sticky tongue. As many as 50,000 in one night have been recorded. So ugly he’s cute. Bring this little fellow home to your nest and enjoy a high quality and easy to pose Codemanimal figure. Complete with ZOT! tongue morphs to snare dinner.