The rock hyrax Animal has a plump body and short, dense, grey or grey-brown fur, which is paler below. Also called the rock dassie, it lives in colonies of up to 80 individuals, usually of one dominant male, other males, and females and young. Although found in a wide variety of habitats, it usually lives in rocky outcrops and crags, among boulders, where it makes a grass – lined nest.
Length: 39- 58 cm
Tail: 20-31 cm
Social unit: Group
Status: Least concern
FAMILIES: 1 (procaviidae)
Although hyraxes resemble rabbits in size and shape, genetic evidence suggests that they are more closely related to primitive hoofed mammals. The pads of their feet are moistened by glandular secretions, which make the soles more adhesive. This, along with the opposable toe on each back foot, enables hyraxes to climb steep rock faces. They are found Africa and parts of the Middle East. Some species inhabit rocky outcrops; others are arboreal. They can survive food shortages as they eat almost every type of vegetation and require very little (their kidneys are highly efficient).
Hyraxes have poor temperature control. These rock hyraxes are huddling together for warmth.
Rock hyrax Animal Facts and Photos Collection