Hyrax, Rock

Hyrax, Rock

These blunt-faced hyraxes vary in color both regionally and individually but are generally brown with a paler underside. Rock hyrax is divided into 5 species, most of which have been further divided into sub-species.

Rock hyraxes are often found in areas where the rocks themselves assist the growth of vegetation by trapping moisture or nutrients. Rocks also create micro-climates that can be cooler, warmer, drier, moister or less windy than the surroundings. Cervices provides shelter from preditors.

They feed mainly grasses and herbs grazed within easy reach of shelter. They climb trees and shrubs seasonally. Feedind is limited to about 1 hour early in the morning and a longer session in late afternoon.

Rock Hyraxes are territorial, with single male territories containing various numbers of female and their offspring up to a total of about 25 animals.

Breeding seasons are often very localand can differ from the top to bottom of an escarpment. The male is very vocal during the mating season and shakes its head when approaching the female. The gestation period lasts for 214-240 days and up to 6 young ones are born. They mature at 16 months.

They have a life span of up to 12 years.

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