Our Neighborhood's Biodiversity Map

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Rhynchocyon chrysopygus-J Smit * To See the original image, please click the image
Shared by : Aness Nyaboga (Kenya)
Region : Kenya
Status : Endangered
Classified under Endangered on the IUCN Red List is the golden-rumped elephant shrew. It gains its common name from the distinctive patch of golden fur on its rump. Recent studies show that they are not related to shrews but are distantly related to elephants. It is one of the largest of its species and is monogamous. It is endemic to moist, dense, scrub forest fragments along the coast of Kenya. They feed on invertebrates on the forest floors and have to constantly be vigilant against predators.

They can run at speeds of up to 25 km/h escaping predators. The population of this species declined from about 20,000 in 1993 to about 12,750 individuals in 2007/2008. The major threat facing the population is habitat destruction along the coast for farming, development and timber. Another threat comes from accidental capture in traps set for other animals. Efforts to conserve the species are being done through protection of their coastal habitat and gazzettement of several fragments as national monuments.

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