Today I want to write about a cute little animal that has unusually large relatives, the rock hyrax.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These cute little guys grow up to 50 cm long.
- Rock hyraxes look like rodents, but are actually closely related to elephants and manatees.
- They live in small groups made up of a dominant male, a few females and their babies. They have glands on their back that they use to mark their territory with a smelly secretion. They often have sentries that look out for predators such as eagles, snakes, wolves, leopards and caracals.
- They are not very good at regulating their temperature, so at the start of the day, they often bask in the sun for a while. When they are warm, they forage up to 50 metres away from their base, looking for grass, fruit, roots and berries.
- Rock hyraxes are quite common and can be found in rocky areas throughout Africa and the Middle East.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about rock hyraxes?