Impact of Climate Change on Aardvarks | 29 Dec 2023

A recent study from Oregon State University highlights the vulnerability of Aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) in sub-Saharan Africa (south of the Sahara Desert) to the impacts of climate change.

  • Study reveals a concerning trend as increasingly dry landscapes isolate aardvarks, making them susceptible to rapid climate warming.
    • Aridification (a gradual process of a region becoming drier) impacts their distribution and movement, with long-term droughts becoming more likely, particularly in the Horn of Africa.
  • The Aardvark, a nocturnal mammal native to Africa, belongs to the Tubulidentata order and is the sole living species within this group.
    • Aardvarks are burrowing mammals found across the southern two-thirds of Africa, primarily in savannah and semiarid areas.
    • They are essential to the ecosystem as they feed on termites, which can damage human-built structures, and their burrows provide crucial habitat for numerous other species.
    • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Least Concern.

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