MAMMAL OF THE WEEK

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) launched the 2016 Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland in December 2016. Each week, we’ll be bringing you new species assessments, and introducing you to our Mammal of the Week, based on this updated Red List.


Karoo Rock Sengi
Elephantulus pilicaudus

This week’s mammal of the week is the Karoo Rock Sengi, also known as the Karoo Rock Elephant-shrew.  This species has recently been described as a new species of sengi, which only occurs in South Africa. It is only known from a few records in the Karoo regions of the Northern Cape. The Karoo Rock Sengi is confined to rocky or boulder-strewn habitats against mountain slopes or on ridges in the Nama-Karoo biome. Sadly, very little is known about this species, including their population size and trend. As a result, the species is listed as Data Deficient.

For more information visit https://www.ewt.org.za/Reddata/reddata.html

The 2016 Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland was funded via the South African National Biodiversity Institute (through a grant by the Norwegian Government that aims to build capacity in the southern Africa region for undertaking assessments), the Endangered Wildlife Trust, the Department of Environmental Affairs, E Oppenheimer & Son and De Beers Group of Companies.