The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) launched the 2016 Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland in December 2016. Each week, we’ll be bringing you new species assessments, and introducing you to our Mammal of the Week, based on this updated Red List.
Our Mammal of the Week is the Four-toed Sengi. This little mammal, possibly the cutest and largest of the African sengi species, is the second most widespread sengi in Africa. Within the assessment region (South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland) they are limited to the northern region of the Kruger National Park and the eastern area of KwaZulu-Natal (specifically around iSimangaliso Wetland Park). When alarmed the Four-toed Sengi rapidly stamps its hind feet on the ground, which can be heard many metres away. Threats to the species include loss of habitat and the intentional use for bushmeat. Previously listed as Endangered, the Four-toed Sengi has been downlisted in the 2016 Regional Red List Assessment to Near Threatened as a result of new information gleaned over the past decade. READ MORE ON OUR WEBSITE – https://www.ewt.org.za/Reddata/reddata.html
The 2016 Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland was funded via the South African National Biodiversity Institute (through a grant by the Norwegian Government that aims to build capacity in the southern Africa region for undertaking assessments), the Endangered Wildlife Trust, the Department of Environmental Affairs, E Oppenheimer & Son and De Beers Group of Companies.