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[Project name/title]
Status survey of the Golden-rumped elephant shrew (Rhynchocyon chrysopygus) in the northern coastal forests of Kenya.

[Project description/overview]

Coastal forests of the northern Kenyan coast

Project type:

Relevant EDGE species:
Golden-rumped Sengi (Rhynchocyon chrysopygus)

Project members:
Galen Rathbun
Grace Wambui Ngaruiya

Relevant species
46. Golden-rumped Sengi (Rhynchocyon chrysopygus) EN

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

[Relevance description]
To determine:
(i) The presence or absence of golden-rumped sengis in Boni and Dodori coastal forests.
(ii) The extent of likely habitat for the golden-rumped sengi throughout its distribution.
(iii) The relative abundance of golden-rumped sengis in representative habitats in Boni and Dodori for comparison with published data from the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.
(iv) The conservation status of the golden-rumped sengi and its habitat and make management recommendations.
Project summary
The overall aim of this research is to assess the status and population size (presence, distribution and abundance) of the golden-rumped elephant-shrew in the poorly known Boni and Dodori Forests and also gather extensive data on the threat processes impacting the habitats and sengi populations in the region.
Start date: November 2007
Duration: Two years
Project members
Dr Galen Rathbun : Scientific advisor

Galen is the Chair of the IUCN SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group

[Member role description]
Within this project:
Galen is acting as the scientific advisor for this project

Grace works on the Golden rumped elephant shrew in Kenya.

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Project partners
Kenya Wildlife Service

National Museums of Kenya
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

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