Drought’s a pig for an aardvark roaming the parched Kalahari

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Drought’s a pig for an aardvark roaming the parched Kalahari

Even a desperate switch to daytime feeding wasn’t enough to stop the nocturnal animals starving to death

Cape Town bureau chief

Drought is killing aardvarks in southern Africa’s driest areas, Wits University conservationists said on Wednesday.

The nocturnal creatures, which survive on ants and termites, had adapted by switching to daytime feeding to conserve energy, the scientists said in the journal Frontiers in Physiology (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphys.2020.00637/full).

But Nora Weyer, who monitored aardvarks in the Kalahari for three years as part of her PhD research, said the change was not enough to save the long-nosed foragers, because their food supply vanished...

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