Drought in the Kalahari desert killed five out of six aardvarks that were being monitored for a year, as well as 11 others in the area
In this photo supplied by the University of the Witwatersrand an aardvark is captured on camera in the dark at the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa, in April 2012. A new study says hotter temperatures caused by climate change are taking their toll on the aardvark, whose diet of ants and termites is becoming scarcer because of reduced rainfall. (Photo, Benjamin Rey - University of the Witwatersrand via AP), photo: University of the Witwatesrsand/Benjamin Rey, via AP
31 of July 2017 13:04:46
JOHANNESBURG – Little is known about Africa's elusive aardvarks, but new research says they are vulnerable to climate change like many other species.Hotter temperatures are taking their toll on the aardvark, whose diet of ants and termites is becoming scarcer in some areas because of reduced rainfall, according to a study released Monday.Drought in the Kalahari desert killed five out of six aardvarks that were being monitored for a year, as well as 11 others in the area, said researchers at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.red list" of threatened species. The list, compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, said there are no indications that the population is changing significantly in southern Africa, though it speculated that numbers may be declining elsewhere because of habitat destruction, the bushmeat trade and other factors.Estimating aardvark populations is guesswork, Fuller said."Very little is known about them because people hardly ever see them," she said.