The aardvark lives only in Africa, south of the Sahara. Their land ranges from Sudan to South Africa. They live mainly in savannas, woodlands, grassy plains, and bush country, but they prefer sandy soil. Their land preference mainly consists of availability of food. They live in two to twenty foot burrows that they dig themselves nightly. Aardvarks can dig faster than most animals, being able to dig a long burrow in just a few minutes. They keep their burrows clean, digging a hole outside their burrow for their droppings, and safe, blocking all exits when not out. The males are mostly nomadic, the females being more territorial. Many other animals use abandoned aardvark burrows as shelters.