The Aardvark diet consists of ants and termites, for which the aardvark is totally adapted. Their claws burrow into the ant hill and their ears are folded back to avoid dirt; the muzzle is inserted into the ant hill with the hairs at the end of the muzzle acting as a dust filter, then the tongue is projected into the passages of the ants' home. When foraging, aardvarks move slowly with their noses close to the ground, as their sense of smell is highly developed.
They tend to move around irregularly searching for ants. The only other food eaten by the aardvark is wild melons. The aardvark is very strong and can burrow a shelter in just minutes. A single young is born inside the burrow. Many other animals use the burrows of aardvarks once they have stopped using a particular burrow.