Two-year-old Roxie will appear at most of the 2 p.m. shows through Labor Day and will hang around on weekends through Sept. 28. She might make occasional appearances within Emerson throughout her off-season, but she won't be on a schedule.
During the shows, Roxie uses her 12-inch long tongue to play with a clear tube. A lucky audience member is also chosen to interact with her in front of the group.
In the wild, Roxie would eat termites and ants, but at Emerson she enjoys meal worms, super worms, and crickets. Post-show she loves to take walks around the arena and munch on avocados.
"The aardvark is a weird and wonderful animal that truly looks like it was put together by a committee. The name aardvark comes from the Africaan name for earth pig, but we think Roxie is a lot cuter than this name would suggest," said Alice Seyfried, Fred Saigh Curator of the Emerson Children's Zoo, who added that Roxie learned pretty quickly how to walk on a harness. "Though shy, Roxie is really quite adorable and remarkably curious."
Also known as an "Earth pig," Roxie has partially webbed feet, large ears, and a long pig-like snout.
Check out Roxie in action in the video below: