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Macroscelidea - elephant shrews

Elephant ShrewThere are about 17 species in a single family in this order. Elephant shrews are found in northern Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. They range from mouse to squirrel size.

Elephant shrews have long, pointed, trunk-like snouts; rounded ears; big, round eyes; and long tails. They have long, slender legs. Their rear legs are longer than their front legs, which helps them hop.

Elephant shrews eat insects; some species also eat seeds and fruits.

 

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   None

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Short-snouted Elephant Shrew-Elephantulus brachyrhynchus Least Concern Africa
Cape Rock Elephant Shrew - Elephantulus edwardii Least Concern Africa
Dusky-footed Elephant Shrew - Elephantulus fuscipes Africa
Dusky Elephant Shrew - Elephantulus fuscus Africa
Bushveld Elephant Shrew - Elephantulus intufi Least Concern Africa
Eastern Rock Elephant Shrew - Elephantulus myurus Least Concern Africa
Karoo Rock Elephant Shrew - Elephantulus pilicaudus Africa
Somali Elephant Shrew - Elephantulus revoili Africa
North African Elephant Shrew - Elephantulus rozeti Least Concern Africa
  Rufous Elephant-shrew - Elephantulus rufescens Least Concern Africa
Western Rock Elephant Shrew - Elephantulus rupestris Least Concern Africa
Short-eared Elephant Shrew - Macroscelides proboscideus Least Concern Africa
Four-toed Elephant Shrew - Petrodromus tetradactylus Least Concern Africa
Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew-Rhynchocyon chrysopygus Endangered Africa
Checkered Elephant Shrew - Rhynchocyon cirnei Near Threatened Africa
Black And Rufous Elephant Shrew - Rhynchocyon petersi Vulnerable Africa
Grey-faced Elephant Shrew - Rhynchocyon udzungwensis Vulnerable Africa

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Black and Rufous Elephant Shrew - Rhynchocyon petersi profile Photos Vulnerable Africa
The black and rufous elephant shrew is found in Kenya and Tanzania.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Checkered Elephant Shrew- Rhynchocyon cirnei profile Photos Near Threatened Africa
The checkered elephant shrew is found in Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Eastern Rock Elephant Shrew - Elephantulus myurus profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The eastern rock elephant shrew is found in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Four-toed Elephant Shrew - Petrodromus tetradactylus profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The four-toed elephant shrew is found in Angola, Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew - Rhynchocyon chrysopygus profile Photos Video Endangered Africa
The golden-rumped elephant shrew is found in Kenya.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew - Rhynchocyon chrysopygus profile Photos Endangered Africa
Red-capped robin-chats follow after golden-rumped elephant shrew and eat their left-overs.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Gray-faced Elephant Shrew - Rhynchocyon udzungwensis profile Photos Video Vulnerable Africa
The gray-face elephant shrew is found in Tanzania.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

North African Elephant Shrew - Elephantulus rozeti profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The North African elephant shrew is found in Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Western Sahara.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Rufous Elephant-shrew - Elephantulus rufescens Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The rufous elephant shrew is found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Rufous Elephant-shrew - Elephantulus rufescens profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The rufous elephant shrew is also known as the East African long-eared elephant-shrew.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Short-eared Elephant Shrew - Macroscelides proboscideus profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The short-eared elephant shrew is found in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Short-snouted Elephant Shrew - Elephantulus brachyrhynchus profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The short-snouted elephant shrew is found in Angola, Botswana, Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes