Black and rufous elephant shrew
|Black and rufous elephant shrew|
The black and rufous elephant shrew (Rhynchocyon petersi), also known as the black and rufous sengi, is one of 17 species of elephant shrew found only in Africa. Like other members of the genus Rhynchocyon, it is a relatively large species, with adults averaging about 28 cm (11 in) in length and 450-700 g (1.0-1.5 lb) in weight. It is native to Kenya and Tanzania. It eats insects (beetles, termites, ants) and spiders, supplementing this with fruits and seeds.
Because it is classified as vulnerable, several zoos have begun breeding this elephant shrew, including the Philadelphia Zoo in the United States. Two black and rufous elephant shrew males were born on February 4, 2007, at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. They are now kept at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University.
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- Live Elephant Shrews at the Yale Peabody Museum! Peabody Museum of Natural History. Yale University.
- Coster, S. and D. O. Ribble. (2005). Density and cover preferences of black-and-rufous elephant-shrews (Rhynchocyon petersi) in Chome Forest Reserve, Tanzania. Belg. J. Zool. 135 (supplement) 175-177.
- Data related to Rhynchocyon petersi at Wikispecies
- Media related to Rhynchocyon petersi at Wikimedia Commons
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