Rock hyrax

The rock hyrax (Procavia capensis), also known as the rock dassie or Cape hyrax, is a small mammal native to Africa and the Middle East. Here’s a description of its distribution by country:

  1. Sub-Saharan Africa: Rock hyraxes are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, inhabiting a wide range of habitats from rocky outcrops and cliffs to savannas and forests. They are particularly common in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. In these countries, rock hyraxes are often found in rocky areas, where they can seek refuge in crevices and rock piles.
  2. Middle East: In addition to their presence in Africa, rock hyraxes are also found in parts of the Middle East. They inhabit rocky habitats in countries such as Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. In these countries, rock hyraxes are often found in mountainous regions and rocky deserts.

Rock hyraxes are well-adapted to their rocky habitats, with rounded bodies, short legs, and hoof-like toes that allow them to climb and navigate steep terrain. They are herbivores, feeding primarily on leaves, grasses, fruits, and other vegetation. Despite their relatively wide distribution, rock hyraxes face threats from habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as hunting and persecution in some areas. Conservation efforts are needed to protect their habitats and ensure their long-term survival.

Rock hyrax in Zoos

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