Rock hyraxes

Rock hyraxes

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Credit: JOHN READER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Rock hyraxes, Procavia capensis, on rocks. Large colonies of these rabbit-sized herbivores inhabit rock crevices and caves in cliffs. They are diurnal creatures and will often be seen soaking up the early morning rays before grazing in groups on grasses, herbs and shrubs. Guards will emit a shrill cry to warn against eagles and leopards, and cover is sought in the rocks. Hyraxes are ruminants and their closest living relatives are elephants. The rock hyrax is found throughout sub- Saharan Africa, and can inhabit the high altitude regions of mountains. Photographed on the boulders around Mackinder's Camp on Mount Kenya, Kenya, at an elevation above 4000 metres.

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