TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Family of rock hyraxes (Procavia capensis) sunning themselves on a rock at dawn in windy autumn weather. As the rock hyrax often uses basking and sheltering from the sun to control its body temperature, it is important that it chooses a suitable location in which to reside. The location must provide shelter from predators, easy access to basking spots when it is cold, as well as deep crevices to escape periods of extreme heat. By basking in a group these animals reduce the risk of being attacked by aerial predators as they can ensure that they are monitoring the sky overhead more carefully. This animal is found throughout southern Africa, Arabia and the Middle East. It feeds on grasses, herbs and shrubs and lives in large colonies. The hyrax is a ruminant and is the closest living relative to the elephant. Filmed at Boulders beach in Simonstown, Western Cape, South Africa.
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