CONSERVATION AWARENESS AROUND THE WORLD
NATIONAL AARDVARK DAY 19th MARCH 2020
This year AfriCat UK is joining forces with UK IT consulting company 2 Aardvarks to support National Aardvark Day as a new study is getting underway at Okonjima the home of the AfriCat Foundation in Namibia. The study is to look at how the aardvark is adapting to cope with changing weather patterns. For those that are unsure, the aardvark is a very interesting nocturnal animal living in sub-Saharan Africa. Not often seen, even by those living and working in the African bush. They live in burrows and eat ants and termites. An aardvark has a large tail, a bit like a kangaroo; a nose a bit like a pig, with kind of rabbit ears and is bigger than a badger! The aardvark is an ecosystem engineer making it a keystone species. Without the burrows dug by aardvarks many other species would struggle as they take over the burrows and the termite/ant populations would get out of control. The worrying thing is that aardvarks are having a tough time in drought conditions and droughts are increasing due to the impact of our changing climate. It is hoped that such studies will help with ideas for how to support the aardvarks in the wild.
You can help the research team with a donation that will enable them to buy the following equipment; a camera trap – complete set up including SD and protective housing costing around £180, a temperature logger for recording burrow temperature which is an important factor for aardvark activity £20 and an VHF ear tag £180 for tracking aardvark. A Namibian student will be working under Dr Sarah Edwards guidance gathering data and supporting the project. Interesting and challenging work being in the African bush at night with other predators out looking for their dinner too!
As a part of 2 Aardvarks support for National Aardvark Day they will be making a generous donation to support the work of the project by providing additional equipment.