Long time ZooBorns readers and anyone whose read our books will know Amani the Aardvark, born in December of 2008. Today, Detroit Zoo announces the arrival of Amani's kid sister, Roxanne, born on January 8th. “Aardvarks are believed to be relatively plentiful in the wild, but not in zoos. Babies like Roxanne are special because they’re both uncommonly cute and just plain uncommon,” said Detroit Zoological Society Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter. “We’re excited to have our third baby Aardvark in two years and to help this small population in zoos grow.”
Detroit Zoological Society veterinarians and zookeepers are monitoring Rachaael and Roxanne closely. Aardvarks are small, hairless and fragile at birth, and aardvark mothers are sometimes clumsy and can accidentally injure their little ones. Roxanne weighed less than 4 pounds at birth and has since more than quadrupled in size. Mature aardvarks can weigh from 90 to 145 pounds and grow 5 to 6 feet in length.
“Aardvarks are the real estate developers of their African grassland communities,” said Carter. “They dig tunnels and burrows with ease, which are used by other animals when the aardvarks move on.”
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