Voices from Russia

Friday, 24 October 2014

24 October 2014. What’s Shakin’ at the Yekaterinburg Zoo? Eka, the Aardvark, That’s What!

00 Eka the aardvark. Yekaterinburg. Russia. 24.10.14



A little Aardvark and the Ant fun…


Aardvark Eka is the first aardvark born in a Russian zoo. Soon, Eka will go to a new home at the Dvůr Králové nad Labem Zoo in Czechia. “Hey, ant! Wanna come on over for dinner?”


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Things are Shakin’ at the Yekaterinburg Zoo: First Aardvark Born in Russian Zoo

00 baby aardvark. 03.04.13



One of my favourite things… The Ant and the Aardvark 


On Wednesday, the zoo in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg reported on its website that it’s welcomed a new resident, a baby aardvark, born in February, stating, “This is the first aardvark to be born in Russia”. A couple of aardvarks were brought to Yekaterinburg from Tanzania last spring. Later, other Russian zoos added these rare animals to their collections. Aardvarks have the body of an anteater, the ears of a rabbit, the snout of a pig, and the tail of a kangaroo. Their bodies are 100 to 150 centimetres (40 to 60 inches) long. They stand up to 65 centimetres (26 inches) tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 80 kilogrammes (177 lbs). The little-studied aardvark, which means “ground pig” in Afrikaans, is the only representative of the order Tubulidentata. The aardvark owes its name to its unique tooth structure. In fact, its teeth are clusters of vasodentin tubes without enamel or roots. In total, only about 90 aardvarks live in zoos worldwide. Ten aardvarks were born in captivity over the past 50 years.

3 April 2013



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