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Rock Hyrax (Rock Dassie)

Procavia Capensis hyrax



Average Size: 45 cm-55cm (17.7 in-21.6 in) and weighs 3 kg–4 kg (6.6 lbs-8.8lbs)

Average Lifespan: 5-12 years

Range/ distribution map


Habitat Description: East Africa, South Africa in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They live about 14,000 feet above sea level.

Behavior, Diet: Rock Hyrax are omnivores and eat anything from glass, herbs, fruits, and leaves to lizards, bird eggs, and insects. Rock Hyrax are sociable animals and live in colonies of about 50 which are mostly females and 1 male. The spend much of their time sunbathing.  

Conservation Status: Though the Rock Hyrax is a popular meal ticket to many predators it is by no means even close to being endangered.

Fun Facts:

Rock Hyraxes closest living relative is the elephant and the manatee.

Rock Hyrax has been listed as a least concern by the IUCN