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Rock Hyrax / Rock Dassie

Afrikaans name: Klipdassie

Rock Hyrax

Rock Hyrax or Rock Dassie

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Procavia capensis

Interesting facts about Dassies

The Rock Hyrax is most often referred to as the 'dassie'. It is also sometimes called the Cape Hyrax.

The Elephant is supposedly the closest relation to the dassie. It is hard to see how this is so. It's just as well Elephants don't hang round on top of rocks.

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.

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References and further reading

Animals 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

List of South African Mammals

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