Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Rock Hyrax


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Procavia capensis
PROFILE:

Although hyraxes resemble rabbits in size and shape, they are actually more closely related to primitive hoofed mammals. These herbivores are adept at climbing trees, sometimes going out on branches to find fresh leaves. They can secure sufficient moisture from the plants they eat, yet will drink water if available. They are also exceptional rock climbers, with specially adapted feet for this behavior!

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Hyracoidea (hyrax)
NATIVE TO:
south and east Africa; east Asia
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Herbivore
LIFESPAN:
Wild - up to 8+ years; zoos up to 14+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Live in single male, multiple female harmes and several harems can occupy the same kopje/rock outcropping.
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