<p><strong>Status: Least Concern</strong></p><p>The aardvark's outsize snout is tailor-made to house a foot-long, sticky tongue that's the perfect tool for extracting termites from their mound nests. Bush-meat hunters are fond of eating aardvarks, but the “antbear” <em>(Orycteropus afer)</em> is still relatively common across sub-Saharan Africa. Photographed at the <a href="http://www.omahazoo.com/" target="_blank">Henry Doorly Zoo</a> in Omaha, Nebraska.</p><p><a href="http://www.cafepress.com/art.1657242703" target="_blank">Buy a print</a> | &nbsp;<a href="http://www.natgeocreative.com/photography/1469046" target="_blank">License this photo</a></p>

Aardvark

Status: Least Concern

The aardvark's outsize snout is tailor-made to house a foot-long, sticky tongue that's the perfect tool for extracting termites from their mound nests. Bush-meat hunters are fond of eating aardvarks, but the “antbear” (Orycteropus afer) is still relatively common across sub-Saharan Africa. Photographed at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Photograph by Joel Sartore, Nat Geo Image Collection

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