Aardvarks are tough mammals that live throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. They can eat 50,000 ants a night and are brilliantly adapted to digging with their spade-shaped feet. As prey animals, Aardvarks are food for many species. This makes them a vital part of the ecosystem. Their old burrows provide homes for other animals such as African Wild Dogs.
A burrow is an underground tunnel or tunnel network created by an animal. They provide a safe place to live away from predators and harsh weather conditions and can be created in a range of different habitats and substrates. They can be simple, consisting of one tunnel with a single entrance, or complex, with many joining tunnels and multiple entrances.
See which of our A-Z animals make burrows below and click the photos to find out more!
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Arctic foxes are one of the iconic animals of the Arctic tundra. Their pure white coats camouflage them as they travel vast distances across this hostile environment in search of prey. Once killed for their fur, a hunting ban means that their populations are recovering, but climate change is now a threat and is forcing them to compete with red foxes.
Translated from Spanish to mean ‘little armoured one’, armadillos are the only living mammal with such a shell!
Badgers are fantastic diggers. They live in family groups in underground homes known as setts. Setts can have many rooms, linked by tunnels and and are kept exceptionally clean.
Beavers are social animals, living in large family groups of monogamous parents, young kits, and the yearlings from the previous spring.
Chinchillas are highly sociable animals. In the wild they live in colonies of over 100 individuals.
The Garden Skink is the most common skink found in suburban gardens around Victoria, Australia. It is found over most areas of the state except the semi arid northern and western regions. It lives in a variety of treed habitats.