The Rock Hyrax is a terrestrial mammal,

The Rock Hyrax is a terrestrial mammal, resembling a guinea pig with short ears and tail. The closest living relatives to hyraxes are the modern-day elephants. The rock hyrax is found across Africa and the Middle East, in habitats with rock crevices in which to escape from predators. Hyraxes typically live in groups of 10–80 animals, and forage as a group.
They feed on a wide variety of different plants, including both grasses and broad-leafed plants but also have been reported to eat insects and grubs, foraging for food up to about 50 metres from their refuge, usually feeding as a group and with one or more acting as sentries from a prominent lookout position. On the approach of danger, the sentries give an alarm call, and the animals quickly retreat to their refuge. They are able to go for many days without water due to the moisture they obtain through their food. Despite their clumsy build, they are able to climb trees.


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