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Rock hyraxes

Rock hyraxes

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TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Rock hyraxes. Two juvenile rock hyraxes (Procavia capensis). Also called the Cape or big-toothed hyrax, these animals are found throughout southern Africa and in Arabia and the Middle East. Females give birth to 2 or 3 young after a gestation period of 6 to 7 months. The young hyraxes are weaned after about 10 weeks. Males leave their mother when they reach sexual maturity, at around 16 months. Hyraxes are herbivores, feeding on grasses, herbs and shrubs. They are sociable, living in large colonies which inhabit rock crevices and caves in cliffs. Hyraxes are ruminants, their closest living relatives being the elephants. Photographed in Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

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