The Black and rufous sengi animal One of four brightly coloured “giant” or “checkered” sengis, this species has an orange head and upper body, graduating through red on the back to black on the rump – and with an orange-brown tail. It occurs in southeastern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania, including Zanzibar Island. “Giant” sengis of the genus Rhynchocyon are nervous twitchy forest-dwelling animals and do not bound as much as other members of the family.
Tail: 19-27 cm
Weight: c.400 g (7/8 lb)
Social unit: Individual/pair
BURROWS AND TRAILS
Sengis are strictly terrestrial and live in a variety of habitats. The Karoo rock sengi (right) favours rocky areas where it will either dig its own burrow occupy one that has been abandoned. It maintains a system of trails that lead from the burrow to feeding areas. This behavioural pattern is seen in several sengi species.
Black and rufous sengi animal photos gallery: