Short-eared Elephant Shrew

(Macroscelides proboscideus)


Short-eared Elephant Shrew IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


Facts about this animal

This is one of the smaller elephant-shrew species. Adults have a head-body length of about 10 to 11 cm and a tail length of about 11 to 13 cm. Body-weight ranges from 31 to 47 g.

Did you know?
That in the past, elephant shrews have been classified as part of the Insectivora, regarded as distant relatives of the ungulates, grouped with the treeshrews and lumped in with the hares and rabbits in one order?


Name (Scientific) Macroscelides proboscideus
Name (English) Short-eared Elephant Shrew
Name (French) Macroscélide à oreilles courtes
Name (German) Kurzohr-Rüsselspringer
Name (Spanish) Macroscelid de las aurelhas cortas
Local names Afrikaans: Ronde-oorklaasneus
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed



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Range Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
Habitat Sandy and gravelly thornbush plains
Wild population Unknown (Red List IUCN 2011)
Zoo population 121 reported to ISIS (2006)

In the Zoo

Short-eared Elephant Shrew


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 81 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Why do zoos keep this animal

While not endangered in the wild, short-eared elephant shrews are often kept by zoos because they are one of the most attractive mammalian species of their size and because - representing a mammalian order of their own - they are of considerable educational interest.