Rock Hyrax / Rock Dassie
Afrikaans name: Klipdassie
Rock Hyrax or Rock Dassie
Interesting facts about Dassies
The Rock Hyrax is most often referred to as the 'dassie'. It is also sometimes called the Cape Hyrax.
Dassies are most often found in rocky areas which gives them places to hide from predators.
They live in colonies of 10 or more. Some individuals act as lookouts while the others forage for food. If danger approaches they give a warning signal and all the dassies run to safety.
The Rock Hyrax feeds on grass and other plant material.
Females give birth to 2 or 3 young.
References and further readingAnimals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 49
Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 622 - Author: - Year Published: - Page: 58
Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 166
Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 156
Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 105
Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 327
Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 135
Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 63
Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 70
Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 420
Signs of the Wild - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 125