All sengi species are confined to the African continent, including, for a few species, the island of Zanzibar (but not including Madagascar). The three Rhynchocyon species live in central and eastern Africa. The four-toed sengi (Petrodromus tetradactylus) is widespread through eastern and southern Africa. The round-eared sengi (Macroscelides proboscideus) is found only in southern Africa. A majority of the ten Ele-phantulus species occur in southern Africa, followed by eastern Africa, excepting the North African sengi (Elephantulus rozeti), found only in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, separated by the Sahara Desert from all the other sengi species.

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