Tiny Elephant Shrews Have Been Rediscovered In Africa After Being Classed As A ‘Lost Species’ For The Last 50 Years

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Elephant Shrews Have Been Rediscovered In Africa

A group of scientists went on an exciting expedition this year in Djibouti, a country located in the Horn of Africa. These weirdly incredible creatures, known as Somali Elephant Shrew (Somali sengi), were the reason for this fascinating expedition. They are the most peculiar of the 20 kinds of shrews found worldwide.

These little cuties that look like tiny mice with elephant trunks were considered to be extinct by the scientific community since 1968. They are pretty much small so that they can be easily held on your palm.

The Somali elephant shrew has been rediscovered in Africa after being off the radar since 1968

Elephant Shrews Have Been Rediscovered In Africa
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Elephant Shrews Have Been Rediscovered In Africa
Image credits: Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Elephant Shrews Have Been Rediscovered In Africa
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The scientists had to set around 1000 traps at 12 different locations to capture these beauties. A mixture that consists of peanut butter, yeast and oatmeal was used to lure them towards the traps. But the tiring venture was finally rewarded by this welcoming rediscovery. Researchers were convinced that this discovery would pave the way to initiating necessary measures regarding the proper conservation of these lovely creatures.

Elephant Shrews Have Been Rediscovered In Africa
Image credits: Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Elephant Shrews Have Been Rediscovered In Africa
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Elephant Shrews Have Been Rediscovered In Africa
Image credits: Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Amazingly, Djibouti’s native people never considered them to be extinct, even though scientists thought otherwise. They were right all the time!

Let us all thank these adorable creatures for reappearing to give us the pleasure of hearing good news in this disastrous year 2020.

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