Baby aardvark becomes the latest addition at Africa Alive! zoo in Kessingland

The baby aardvark born at Africa Alive! in Kessingland. Picture: Richard Endall.

The baby aardvark born at Africa Alive! in Kessingland. Picture: Richard Endall. - Credit: Archant

A baby aardvark has become the latest addition at a Kessingland zoo, making it only the second in the country to successfully breed the species.

Africa Alive! welcomed the baby aardvak on the morning of Tuesday, May 16, when mum Boo gave birth in front of zoo visitors.

The baby - which has not yet been named - weighed about 2kg at birth and is hairless with pink, tender skin. It will not eat solid food until about three months of age.

It is difficult to identify an aardvark's gender when they are young - a cub - and baby and mother will remain in the burrow for about two weeks.

While the baby is not on public show at the moment, the zoo hopes to let guests have a glimpse during their Africa By Night open evening on Saturday, June 24.


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After that, they hope the cub can be seen daily from Sunday, when guests will be given access to the outside enclosure at 11.15am and 4pm.

The birth makes Africa Alive! only the second UK zoo to successfully breed an aardvark, and one of just a handful European zoos to do so.

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