Photograph by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski
Photograph by De Jong & Butynski, wildsolutions.nl
Procavia capensis (Pallas, 1766), Rock Hyrax, Cape Point, South Africa, 20 May 2015
Hyraxes (from the Greek ὕραξ "shrewmouse") are small, thickset, herbivorous mammals in the order Hyracoidea. Hyraxes are well-furred, rotund animals with short tails. Typically, they measure between 30 and 70 cm long and weigh between 2 and 5 kg. They are often mistaken for rodents, but are more closely related to elephants. Four species are recognised; the rock hyrax (Procavia capensis), the yellow-spotted rock hyrax (Heterohyrax brucei), the western tree hyrax (Dendrohyrax dorsalis) and the southern tree hyrax...