Lost and Found

Tiny mammal reappears after 50 years in hiding

How researchers hunted down a "missing" animal in Africa.

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Black and rufous elephant shrew,vector illustration, black silhouette

This week, scientists announced they found long-lost species of elephant shrew in the mountains of the Republic of Djibouti.

The Somali Elephant-shrew was last seen in the 1970s.

Heritage et. al., 2020

Rather than being extinct, the Somali elephant-shrew was marked "data deficient."

Other rediscovered animals include Jackson's climbing salamander and the silver-backed chevrotain.

Global Wildlife Conservation