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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Hyracoidea
Family:Procaviidae
Genus:Dendrohyrax
Genus species:Dendrohyrax brucel

Animal Characteristics

Identification:The hyrax is very similar to rabbits but with short, rounded ears. Some of its distinguishing features include feet with flattened nails that resemble hooves, a short tail, and no sexual dimorphism with size.
Habitat:Rocky outcrops, cliffs, forests
Diet:Herbivore: grasses (specific type varies by genus)
Reproduction:Birth rates peak in the rainy season. One to four young are born and weaned at 1-5 months of age.
Hyrax social groups vary by the amount of living space available. Often family groups form with one adult territorial male.
Behavior:When feeding, hyraxes use their molars (side teeth) to crop the grass rather than their incisors (front teeth).
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:There are 11 species of hyrax known today. The feet of these animals sweat as they run, allowing for better climbing ability. Although they look like rodents, hyraxes are actually related to elephants and aardvarks.

Other Information

Geographic:Africa
Middle East
Date:1966-11 Subjects:Dassie
primitive ungulate
Hyrax
Hyraxes
Hyracoidea
Afrotherians
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata