H Is For Hyrax
Although the Hyrax looks like a rodent, it's actually related to elephants. This is one of those strange facts that would have remained unknown if it wasn't for the modern technology of being able to analyze DNA. It's only at that level that the ancient relationship can be seen.
Rock Hyrax with Young on Back, Serengeti, Tanzania, East Africa
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In addition to being related to the elephant, the Hyrax also happens to be related to the Manatee. This relationship was thousands of years ago, with these animals having evolved from a common ancestor.
You will find the Hyrax living in Africa and the Middle East. They have padded feet which let them scramble over rocks and bumpy surfaces without slipping. They don't have the ability to stay warm that well and live in little groups to huddle together. And you will find them basking in the sun on warm days.
What do Hyrax eat?
Hyrax are vegetarians who graze on grasses and plants.
Books and More About The Hyrax
Learn About Hyraxes
- African Wildlife Foundation: Hyrax
The hyrax is so unlike other animals that it is placed in a separate order (Hyracoidea) by itself.
- Nature Niche-The Rock Hyrax(Procavia capensis)
The rock hyrax(Procavia capensis) is a unique and fascinating animal. Learn about what it is, its behavior, its enemies, and more.
- Hyracotherium and Hyrax
Creationists claim 'Dawn Horse' is a Hyrax, a claim that is simply not true.
- Hyrax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A hyrax is any of four species of fairly small, thickset, herbivorous mammals in the order Hyracoidea. They live in Africa and the Middle East. Despite the unexceptional appearance of modern hyraxes, the order has a remarkable prehistoric lineage and
"Hyrax" comes from the Greek "hurax," meaning shrew mouse.