Grace Ngaruiya

  • Project name: Status survey of the Golden-rumped sengi (Rhynchocyon chrysopygus) in the northern coastal forests of Kenya
  • Project site: Boni and Dodori Forests, Kenya
  • EDGE species: Golden-rumped sengi Rhynchocyon chrysopygus
  • Active: 2008 - 2008


Grace Wambui Ngaruiya lives in a small Rift valley province town called Ngong on the outskirts of Nairobi. Grace graduated with a degree in Zoology from the University of Nairobi and later worked in the Eastern province of Kenya, assessing the effect of ranch subdivision on biodiversity. She recently completed a Master’s degree in Biology of Conservation at the same university.

EDGE Project

For her EDGE project Grace researched the little-known, but endangered and endemic, small mammal known as the golden-rumped elephant-shrew or sengi. The overall aim of Grace’s research was to assess the status and population size (presence, distribution and abundance) of the golden-rumped elephant-shrew in the poorly known Boni and Dodori Forests. She also aimed to gather data on the threat processes impacting the habitats and elephant-shrew populations in this region, one of the two major sites this elephant-shrew is found along with the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest further south.

Her project objectives were to:

  • Assess the presence/absence of golden-rumped elephant-shrews in the Boni and Dodori coastal forests
  • Assess the extent of likely habitat for the golden-rumped elephant-shrew throughout its distribution
  • Assess the relative abundance of golden-rumped elephant-shrews in representative habitats in Boni and Dodori for comparison with published data from the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
  • Establish the conservation status of the golden-rumped elephant-shrew and its habitat, and make management recommendations

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