The Elephant shrew has a mouse-like appearance and gets its name from its elongated nose that resembles the trunk of an elephant. This little creature is an omnivore and is undoubtedly one of the cutest members in the little five. They feed on fruit, seeds, insects, and nuts.
Its favorable habitat is near rocky outcrops, savannah grasslands, and arid lowlands and can be found throughout South Africa.
Due to the small size of the elephant shrew, it has a number of natural predators in the wild. Snakes, lizards, birds of prey, and omnivorous mammals, all prey on the elephant shrew, but the elephant shrew is not the easiest meal to catch.
Female elephant shrews give birth to more than 1 litter of babies annually. Baby elephant shrews are born after a gestation period of between 1-2 months. Baby elephant shrews are well-developed when they are first born but remain in the nest for a few days before they begin to head into the big wide world.
IF you manage to see an elephant shrew before an actual elephant, you can count your safari a real success!