Conservation status

Eleven out of 21 species were under threat of extinction, according to the year 2002 IUCN Red List. Destruction of habitat includes poor forestry practices, agricultural develop-

A Grant's desert golden mole (Eremitalpa granti) hunting at night in the Namib Desert, Namibia. (Photo by Michael Fogden. Bruce Coleman, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

ment, livestock overgrazing, and removal of dunes for diamond mining. As human settlements move into golden mole habitats, the animals fall prey to domestic dogs and cats.

Scientists do not fully understand the distribution, status and ecology of this family, because golden moles are crytpic and trap-shy.

A Grant's desert golden mole (Eremitalpa granti) feeds on a palmato gecko in Namibia. (Photo by Animals Animals ©Austin J. Stevens. Reproduced by permission.)

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