In prior years it was said that the aardvark was in fact an endangered species. However since the year 2002, these animals have been listed under the category of least concern on the South African ICUN red list.
In addition to this, it is also now believed that the creature may never have been endangered to begin with. It is suggested, rather that its evasive behavior just tends to make it difficult to find, therefore appearing at one point to be a rare species.
While the primary enemies of aardvarks include pythons, cheetahs, lions, hunting dogs, leopards, and the honey badger, humans are actually their biggest threat. This is due to the fact that their natural habitats are being reduced more and more as human populations continue to grow. In some places, this animal is even viewed to be a “nuisance” to farmers as they dig holes in dam walls and in roads as well as underneath fences. They can damage land quite a bit with their burrowing habits.