Significance to humans

With their mainly insectivorous diets, sengis are significant natural checks on insect abundance that might otherwise negatively affect human health and agriculture. In some areas, people hunt, trap, and eat sengis, although most people find sengi meat distasteful. In Kenya, the golden-rumped sengi, R. chrysopygus, has become a rallying symbol for conservation.

1. Four-toed sengi (Petrodromus tetradactylus); 2. North African sengi (Elephantulus rozeti); 3. Short-snouted sengi (Elephantulus brachyrhynchus); 4. Rufous sengi (Elephantulus rufescens); 5. Round-eared sengi (Macroscelides proboscideus); 6. Eastern rock sengi (Elephantulus myurus); 7. Checkered sengi (Rhynchocyon cirnei); 8. Golden-rumped sengi (Rhynchocyon chrysopygus). (Illustration by Barbara Duperron)

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