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Rock Hyrax

Procavia capensis

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About the Rock Hyrax

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Class: Mammalia
Order: Hyracoidea
Family:Procaviidae
Genus: Procavia
Species:capensis

Size:
4 - 12 pounds
12 - 23 inches

Diet:
Grasses, fruits and shrubs.

Habitat/range:
Rocky scrubgrass, desert and rocky outcrops in the rainforests of sub-Saharan and northeast Africa.

Behavior:
Rock hyrax are distantly related to elephants; they have similar toe, tooth and skull structures. They even have tiny tusks! Unlike elephants, hyrax have feet built to climb on rocky areas. They live in groups of up to 50 animals.

Median Life Expectancy:
9 to 15 years