Animal-Rock Hyrax:-Africa/Middle East (Funny Video)

The rock hyrax is found across Africa and the Middle East, in habitats with rock crevices in which to escape from predators. Hyraxes typically live in groups of 10–80 animals, and forage as a group. Their most striking behaviour is the use of sentries: one or more animals take up position on a vantage point and issue alarm calls on the approach of predators. Over most of its range, the rock hyrax is not endangered, and in some areas is considered a minor pest. In Ethiopia, Israel and Jordan.

Basking on Table Mountain

Rock Hyrax basking on Table Mountain. Image via Wikipedia (Click for larger view)

Rock hyraxes are very noisy and sociable. Adults make use of at least 21 different vocal signals. The most familiar signal is a high trill, and is given in response to perceived danger. Rock hyrax calls are referred to as “songs.”The rock hyrax is squat and heavily built, Their fur is thick and grey-brown color, although this varies strongly between different environments; from dark brown in wetter habitats, to light gray in desert living individuals.

Close up of the foot pads on a Rock hyrax Proc...

The characteristic foot pads. Image via Wikipedia (Click for larger view)

Close up of the incisors of a Rock hyrax Proca...

The unusual incisors. Image via Wikipedia (Click for larger view)

Prominent in and apparently unique to hyraxes is the dorsal gland, which excretes an odour used for social communication and territorial marking. The gland is most clearly visible in dominant males.   References:- Wikipedia

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12 Responses to Animal-Rock Hyrax:-Africa/Middle East (Funny Video)

  1. souldipper says:

    Obviously Mr. Turtle is not impressed. I’ve not heard of these animals. Didn’t see one on Table Mountain, either. Maybe if we’d been more quiet, we may have heard one!

    • magsx2 says:

      I feel sorry for Mr. Turtle, but then again I suppose he wouldn’t move if he didn’t want to. I assume they would of been there somewhere, most likely hiding, it’s a shame you didn’t get to see one.

  2. Selma says:

    I’ve never heard of a hyrax. The world sure is full of a variety of interesting animals. Thanks, Mags!

  3. travelrat says:

    I can’t verify it, but I think I read somewhere that the closest relative of the hyrax is an elephant!

  4. A friend of mine who is with Doctors without Borders in Africa told me that the pee and poop of the hyrax are used for medicine to treat epilepsy and convulsions. Who new?

    Like Selma, I’ve never even heard of this critter, let alone seen footage of one riding on a turtle! Good one.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi EOSR,
      That is fascinating, it’s amazing how they can research something like that and then find a form a medicine. Thank You for the information.

  5. I’ve never heard of these before. They look like rodents. Are they?

  6. dearrosie says:

    I have heard of a hyrax but can’t remember where? Aw that’s so sweet to see him riding on the tortoise like that…!

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