| Latin Name
| Conservation Status
||Reddish/Brown & Black
||23 - 30 cm (9 - 12 inches)
||25 cms (10 inches)
||482 - 595 g (17 - 21 oz)
| Life Expectancy
4 - 5 Yrs
Black & Rufous Elephant Shrews are between 23 and 30 cms (9 - 12 inches) in length, they have a tail length of approximately 25 cms (10 inches) and they weigh between 482 and 595 g (17 - 21 oz).
They are reddish/brown and black in colour and they have small, rounded ears. They have a long, pointed snout which is flexible and very sensitive, thus giving them their name.
Black & Rufous Elephant Shrews are found in the forests and dense woodlands of eastern Kenya and Tanzania. They are active during the day and they rest at night in a nest constructed of leaves and other vegetation.
Black & Rufous Elephant Shrews feed upon small invertebrates, fruit, seeds and buds.
Black & Rufous Elephants Shrews give birth to 1 - 2 young. After approximately 1 month the young will leave the nest to explore.
Predators of Black & Rufous Elephant Shrews include humans, birds of prey and snakes.
Subspecies of the Black & Rufous Elephant Shrew are:
Rhynchocyon petersi adersi
Rhynchocyon petersi petersi
Elephant Shrews are only found in Africa.
Black & Rufous Elephant Shrews are also known as:
Black & Rufous Sengi
Black & Rufous Giant Elephant Shrew
Rufous Elephant Shrew
Golden-Rumped Elephant Shrew
Four-Toed Elephant Shrew
Short-Eared Elephant Shrew