Rock hyrax

African rock dwellers that resemble pikas , but are more closely related to elephants!

Endemic to Africa and the Middle east (the Rock hyrax), members of this order are, also called dassies, look like rodents but closer to elephants (they even have sharp tusks) and sea cows—hard to guess from their appearance (they are just slightly bigger than rabbits).

Hyraxes live on rocks and is a very social animal. Their colonies can grow to 80 individuals with a family of 4 to 5. They spend a great deal of time resting or sunbathing (95% of their time), and it has nothing to do with laziness: these heavily furred creatures have an inferior thermoregulatory mechanism (ability to maintain their body temperature); therefore they pile up on each other inside their caves to reduce their collective exposed body surface or simply bask in sun when it’s sunny outside.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Algeria
2014
Angola
2014
Benin
2014
Botswana
2014
Burkina Faso
2014
Cameroon
2014
Central Af. Rep.
2014
Chad
2014
Côte D’ivoire
2014
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2014
Djibouti
2014
Egypt
2014
Eritrea
2014
Eswatini
2014
Ethiopia
2014
Gambia
2014
Ghana
2014
Guinea-Bissau
2014
Guinea
2014
Israel
2014
Jordan
2014
Kenya
2014
Lebanon
2014
Lesotho
2014
Libya
2014
Malawi
2014
Mali
2014
Presence Uncertain
Mauritania
2014
Mozambique
2014
Namibia
2014
Niger
2014
Nigeria
2014
Oman
2014
Rwanda
2014
Saudi Arabia
2014
Senegal
2014
Sierra Leone
2014
Somalia
2014
South Africa
2014
South Sudan
2014
Sudan
2014
Syria
2014
Presence Uncertain
Tanzania
2014
Togo
2014
Uganda
2014
Yemen
2014
Zambia
2014
Zimbabwe
2014

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Colony

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No