New mammal discovered
The giant elephant shrew has first been spotted on camera in 2005. In 2006 a number of animals have been caught, studied and prepared during a scientific expedition. It was then confirmed that the biologists were dealing with a new species. At the beginning of 2008, when scientific publications came out, the discovery became world news.
The animals live in the mountains of Udzungwa in Tanzania, on altitudes of 1000 meters. There are three other closely related Rhynchocyon species, that live in other areas of East Africa. The R. udzungwensis is the biggest of the four. Its diet is unknown, but its fellow species live off invertebrates such as earthworms, spiders and beetles.