An aardvark is an African animal with a long nose. Aardvarks are well known for eating ants and termites. You might see an aardvark if you visit a zoo.
Some people call aardvarks "antbears," because of their diet of small insects. Aardvarks are the size of a badger or small pig, and they tend to be nocturnal, burrowing for food at night with their long tongues and sleeping during the day. The word aardvark comes from Afrikaans Dutch, literally meaning "earth-pig," a combination of aard, "earth," and vark, "pig."