Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo now has an aardvark calf on display. The baby was born on July 12, and weighs a little more than five pounds.
Aardvarks are rarely found in captivity. The birth is part of a recommended breeding program by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Aardvark Population Management Plan.
It can be difficult for female aardvarks to raise their young so zoo officials have decided to hand raise the calf. The calf will eventually be in contact with its mother.
Omaha’s Zoo has two adults, Annie and Alvin, on display in Kingdoms of the Night. The adult aardvarks are taken on walks by keepers to get their daily exercise.
Aardvarks originate from Africa, anywhere south of the Sahara Desert. The color of their skin can vary from shades of gray, pink and brown. They have thick skin and weigh between 100-125 pounds as adults. They are nocturnal and sleep in burrows. Aardvark diet at Omaha’s Zoo consists of a commercially prepared insect diet.