Conservation status

The 2002 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species includes seven species of sengis. Vulnerable: Rhynchocyon cirnei, Macroscelides proboscideus, Elephantulus edwardii, and Elephan-tulus rupestris; Endangered: Rhynchocyon chrysopygus, Rhynchocyon petersi, and Elephantulus revoili.

The main problems besetting sengi species are, for some species, a limited area of distribution, e.g., the golden-rumped sengi, R. chrysopygus, for others, fragmentation of their habitats. Both conditions are caused or exacerbated by humans clearing land for agriculture. Sengis are only occasionally hunted and trapped for food.

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