Serengeti, reddish brown
Photograph by De Jong & Butynski, wildsolutions.nl
De Jong & Butynski, wildsolutions.nl
Note that, contrary to the widely held belief that hippopotami kill more people every year than any other African animal, that claim is actually true of the unassuming baby hyrax. (Note: not really.)
Near the table mountain cable car
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...