Zenkerellidae – Cameroon scaly-tail

A family that contains the world’s most mysterious mammal, Zenkerella which is also lovingly called “the ultimate Pokémon”

The family contains a single genus, the Zenkerella which was classified along with the scaly-tailed squirrels in family Anomaluridae until recently. The member species of this family has never been observed by the scientists to the date.
These rodents are native to central Africa and are considered to be the least studied of all mammals.

Only around eleven specimens of this family are curated in museums all around the world. Due to their elusive nature, nocturnal and secretive lifestyle, not much is known about them. Dietary habits of this family have not been yet reported because of the scarcity of data but they are believed to be similar to the scaly-tailed squirrels.