MAMMAL OF THE WEEK

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) launched the 2016 Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland in December 2016. Each week, we’ll be bringing you new species assessments, and introducing you to our Mammal of the Week, based on this updated Red List.

Gunning’s Golden Mole
Neamblysomus gunningi

This week’s mammal of the week is the Endangered Gunning’s Golden Mole. This species of mole is known from only six sites – all occurring in the Grootbos-Magoebaskloof area in Limpopo. The Gunning’s Golden Mole has a restricted distributional range that is only estimated at 1,327 km².  The current population trend of this mole species is unknown and it is threatened by declining habitat and quality of such habitat (caused by habitat destruction, habitat fragmentation and habitat loss). This fossorial species (meaning they live underground) prefers natural habitats within low-lying and high-altitude indigenous Afromontane forests. Commercial forestry operations and associated roads infrastructure cause severe degradation and fragmentation of natural forests.

For more information visit https://www.ewt.org.za/Reddata/reddata.html

The 2016 Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland was funded via the South African National Biodiversity Institute (through a grant by the Norwegian Government that aims to build capacity in the southern Africa region for undertaking assessments), the Endangered Wildlife Trust, the Department of Environmental Affairs, E Oppenheimer & Son and De Beers Group of Companies.