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Dr Galen Rathbun
California, USA
  • Scientific advisor
[General description section]
US Peace Corps, Kenya 1960s; Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Nairobi; Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution, National Zoo; retired federal research biologist, US endangered species programme (manatees, sea otters, small mammals, frogs). I am the Chair of the IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group which facilitates the conservation of hyraxes, the aardvark, elephant-shrews or sengis, golden-moles, tenrecs, and their habitats by 1) providing sound scientific advice and guidance to conservationists, governments, and other interested groups; 2) raising public awareness; and 3) developing research and conservation programmes. I am also involved with various activities associated with IUCN-SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group conservation efforts, and various research projects associated with California Academy of Sciences. In addition, I am currently acting as a scientific advisor for the Golden-rumped elephant shrew EDGE Fellow.
California Academy of Sciences
Position within organisation
Research Associate and Honorary Fellow, California Academy of Sciences
Chair, IUCN-SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group

Galen is acting as the scientific advisor for this project

Relevant species

Recent studies indicate that elephant-shrews are in fact distantly related to elephants.

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Research interests
Behavioural ecology and conservation biology of mammals
Relevant publications
Nicoll, M. and G.B. Rathbun. 1990. African Insectivora and Elephant-shrews - An Action Plan for their Conservation. IUCN, Glands, Switzerland. 53 pp.

Rathbun, G. B. 1992. The Fairly True Elephant-shrew. Natural History 101(9):54-61.

FitzGibbon, C.D. and G.B. Rathbun. 1994. Surveying Rhynchocyon elephant-shrews in tropical forest. African Journal of Ecology 32:50-57.

Rathbun, G.B. 1998. Elephant-shrews – hounded to extinction? Africa – Environment and Wildlife 6(2):45.

Rathbun, G.B. and S.N. Kyalo. 2000. Golden-rumped elephant-shrew. Pp. 125-129, 340-341 in R.P. Reading and B.J. Miller (eds.). Endangered animals – A reference guide to conflicting issues. Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut. 383 pp.

Rathbun, G.B. and P.F. Woodall. 2002. A bibliography of elephant-shrews or sengis (Macroscelidea). Mammal Review 32(1):66-70.

Rathbun, G.B. and D. Ribble. 2003. Does the Golden-rumped Sengi (Rhynchocyon chrysopygus) occur in coastal Tanzania? Afrotherian Conservation – Newsletter of the IUCN-SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group 2:6

Rathbun, G. B. (ed.). 2005. Order Macroscelidea. Pp. 22-34 in Skinner, J. D. and C. T. Chimimba. The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion, third edition. Cambridge University Press, Cape Town, South Africa. 814 pp.

Rathbun, G. B. In press. Species accounts for Rhynchocyon cirnei, R. chrysopygus, R. petersi, and Petrodromus tetradactylus in Mammals of Africa, Academic Press.

Galen B. Rathbun
P.O Box 202
Cambria, California
93428, USA
Home/office phone/fax: +1.805.927.3059
Email: GRathbun@CalAcademy.org or grathbun@gmail.com
Associated Blog Posts
16th Sep 10
When Kenyan EDGE Fellow Grace Wambui was awarded an EDGE Fellowship to study the golden-rumped elephant-shrew, she had little idea that she would discover a ...  Read