The Somali Elephant Shrew Has Defied Extinction. Now Scientists Must Commit to Protecting It in the Future!

  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Nature is miraculous, and species continue to astonish us.

Against all odds, the Somali elephant shrew -- once declared extinct to due data deficiency -- has been spotted in Djibouti! That means there is still hope to protect the species from extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) must act now to collect data on these adorable creatures to create a research-based conservation plan!

Sign now to tell the IUCN to invest in researching the Somali elephant shrew and developing conservation plans to protect it in the future!

After hearing about the miraculous sighting that seemed to signal that the Somali elephant shrew was back from the dead, a handful of researchers decided to investigate these small mammals in the Horn of Africa. By offering sweet peanut butter treats to the elephant shrews, researchers were able to spot 12 of them living happily together.

This research project was a great start, but far more information is needed in order to protect them and their vital contribution to our world's biodiversity. Now, the IUCN must invest time and resources into further examining the Somali elephant shrew to make sure they, and other animals like them, are fully protected from extinction. Sign the petition now if you agree!
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