Busch Gardens Tampa welcomes a baby Aardvark

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Busch Gardens has welcomed its newest resident: an adorable aardvark born Tuesday, Aug. 5. The healthy baby is expected to grow to more than 120 lbs. within its first year of life.

Aardvarks are solitary by nature, and aardvark births are not common. The animal care team at Busch Gardens is very proud to announce this birth as the fourth baby born to parents “Izzy” and “Friz” – “Kiazi” was born Feb. 6, 2013, “Adazee” was born on March 26, 2012 and “Zawadi” was born April 10, 2011.

The baby, whose sex is unknown at this time, is receiving primary care from its mother and additional care from members of the animal care team. The baby is still behind-the-scenes, but will be in guest view in the coming weeks at Jambo Junction, located in the Nairobi area of the park.

You can also get a look at the park’s newest addition on the Busch Gardens YouTube Channel.

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