Wildlife Conservation Society

May 17, 2019

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WCS 3-Sentence Science

Meet the Tenrecs

May 17, 2019

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS

ach year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.

Here we present the work of the WCS Madagascar’s Vonjy Andrianjakarivelo on improving the conservation of tenrecs:

  1. Researchers reviewed the conservation priorities for the 31 species of tenrec — a poorly understood family of small mammals superficially resembling hedgehogs, found only on the island of Madagascar.
  2. They found that six species (19.4%) were found to be threatened (4 Vulnerable, 2 Endangered) and one species was categorized as Data Deficient, with the primary threat habitat loss, mostly as a result of slash-and-burn agriculture, but some species are also threatened by hunting and incidental capture in fishing traps with climate change also expected to alter tenrec habitats and ranges.
  3. Tenrec research, monitoring and conservation should be integrated into broader sustainable development objectives and programs targeting higher profile species, such as lemurs, if we are to see an improvement in the conservation status of tenrecs in the near future.

Study and Journal: “Review of the status and conservation of tenrecs (Mammalia: Afrotheria: Tenrecidae)” from Oryx
WCS Co-Author(s): Vonjy Andrianjakarivelo, WCS Madagascar Program

For more information, contact: Stephen Sautner, 718–220–3682, ssautner@wcs.org.