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-
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.
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