JungleDragon is a nature and wildlife community for photographers, travellers and anyone who loves nature. We're genuine, free, ad-free and beautiful.

Join

Elephant shrew on top of the world This cute elephant shrew actually has a fascinating behaviour. It is one of the few diurnal mice which has a "home" and clearly trampled on mini paths from and to it which it basically never leaves and uses as hunting routes for insect. Read up on them - they are rather interesting little fellows. Macroscelides proboscideus,Short-eared Elephant Shrew,diurnal,elephant shrew,etosha,namibia,termite mound Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Elephant shrew on top of the world

This cute elephant shrew actually has a fascinating behaviour. It is one of the few diurnal mice which has a "home" and clearly trampled on mini paths from and to it which it basically never leaves and uses as hunting routes for insect. Read up on them - they are rather interesting little fellows.

    comments (3)

  1. That's so cool, another specie introduction (1st pic). Your description reminded me of this Mongoose who claims an abandoned termite hill as its home:

    Mongoose claiming termite mound This is the Common Dwarf Mongoose, a carnivorian animal that lives in groups with a strict social hierarchy. At night they sleep in unused termite mounds like these. Common Dwarf Mongoose,Helogale parvula,Kruger,Mongoose,South Africa,termite mound

    Common Dwarf Mongoose staring out his window Dwarf Mongoose commonly house in these termite mounds and make them their own. Common Dwarf Mongoose,Helogale parvula,Mongoose,South Africa,termite mound
    Posted 8 years ago, modified 8 years ago
  2. Interesting" beast" Posted 8 years ago
  3. From today's Facebook post:

    The elephant shrew (Macroscelides proboscideus) is so cute that it looks like it could be a Disney character. These unique animals have a flexible, highly sensitive snout that resembles an elephant’s trunk. They are found in Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa, where they inhabit desert and shrubland. The elephant shrew is one of only a handful of monogamous mammals, and they exhibit mate guarding behavior. The males aggressively defend their female mates. Yet, the pairs do not form strong bonds, nor do they participate in mating rituals. They even sleep alone in their shelter. And, the males have no role in raising the young. So, why are males so vigorous in defending a mate that they don’t have much of a connection with? Is it a case of male jealousy? Nope. In fact, it seems that elephant shrews are only monogamous because it is easy and convenient. There are many benefits to monogamy and mate guarding, such as protection from predators, reduced infanticide, less competition, reproductive success, and reduced energy output. {Spotted in Namibia by JungleDragon user, Mark Vincent Müller} #JungleDragon
    Posted 5 months ago

Sign in or Join in order to comment.

The Short-eared Elephant Shrew , or Round-eared Sengi or Round-eared Elephant Shrew, is a species of elephant shrew in the Macroscelididae family. It is found in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, and hot deserts. They eat insects, shoots, and roots. Their gestation period is 56 days. The Short-eared Elephant Shrew is the only species in its genus , but is still grouped with the soft-furred.. more

Similar species: Elephant Shrews
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
View Mark Vincent Müller's profile

By Mark Vincent Müller

All rights reserved
Uploaded Jun 20, 2011. Captured Jun 20, 2011 22:05.
  • Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED