National Aardvark Week – Celebrating Our Favorite Nocturnal Animal

National Aardvark Week is celebrated every second week of March and this year will be marked from March 5 to 11. This week is dedicated to celebrating the unique and inquisitive aardvark, the only living species in its order.

What Is An Aardvark?

An aardvark is an animal that looks like a mix between a pig, rabbit, and kangaroo. It has long ears like a rabbit, a pig-like snout, and a tail similar to that of a kangaroo. The name “aardvark” comes from the Afrikaans word meaning “earth pig” due to its burrowing habits.

Aardvarks are nocturnal animals that live in Africa south of the Sahara desert. They feed mainly on ants and termites but can also eat other insects such as beetles and larvae. They have powerful claws which they use to dig burrows up to 3 meters deep where they sleep during the day and hunt for food at night.

Celebrating National Aardvark Week

National Aardvark Day is celebrated on March 19th every year but National Aardvark Week takes place during the second week of March each year. During this week people come together to celebrate this unique animal by learning about it, sharing facts about it, or even visiting zoos or wildlife reserves where they can observe them in their natural habitat.

One way people can celebrate National Aardvark Week is by learning more about these animals through books or online resources such as National Geographic Kids or Safari Ltd blogs which provide interesting facts about them such as their diet, behavior, and habitat. People can also watch videos on YouTube or follow social media accounts dedicated to these animals such as Peppermint Narwhal Creative which post fun facts about them throughout the week.

Another way people can celebrate National Aardvark Week is by visiting zoos or wildlife reserves where they can observe these animals in their natural habitats. For example, Mandai Wildlife Reserve in Singapore has an exhibit dedicated to these animals where visitors can learn more about them while observing them in their natural environment.


National Aardvark Week is an important event that celebrates one of nature’s most unique creatures – the aardvark! This week provides us with an opportunity to learn more about these fascinating animals and appreciate them for all their uniqueness and beauty!


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