12 inches at the shoulder
4 to 11 pounds
Up to 12 years
In the Real World
The hyrax is small and furry, and resembles an oversized, robust guinea pig. It has stumpy feet and hoof-like nails, with four toes on each front foot and three on each back foot. The bottom of a hyrax's foot is rubbery, which helps it climb steep rock surfaces and trees. The rock hyrax is grayish- or yellowish-brown in color and has a black or yellow dorsal spot. Its head is more rounded and its snout more blunt than those of other species of hyrax. The rock rabbit, or yellow-spotted hyrax, is smaller and has a more pointed nose. Typically, a rock rabbit has a white spot above the eye and a whitish or yellowish dorsal spot. Tree hyraxes have long, thick fur and a white or yellow dorsal spot.
Rock hyraxes are known to spend mornings sunbathing, followed by short feeding excursions. They eat quickly, with family members facing outwards to keep watch for predators. A shriek from the territorial male will alarm the other family members into scuttling for cover, where they remain frozen until the danger passes.
Rock hyraxes do not dig burrows, but live in colonies of up to 50 members. Typically, a colony is composed of one territorial male and about 20 females and their young. During the daytime, rock hyraxes are quite active, spending their time sunbathing or feeding. Tree hyraxes, however, are nocturnal and less social, and can usually be found in pairs or small groups.
Hyraxes frequently urinate in the same spot, leaving conspicuous white deposits from their urine. They have a gestation period of seven or eight months, and infants are born quite fully developed, as they are able to run and jump hours after birth. Young are suckled until they are three months old and begin to eat vegetation by their second day. Rock hyraxes typically bear two or three young, while tree hyraxes bear one or two at most.
Hyraxes are found in East Africa, both at sea level and at high altitudes of over 14,000 feet. They live in many different types of habitats, including dry savannas, rain forests, and cold Afro-alpine moorlands.
Hyraxes feed on grasses, herbage, leaves, fruit, insects, lizards, and birds' eggs. They are very cautious eaters and frequently check the vicinity as they feed. Moisture is often obtained through their food, so hyraxes can last for a long time without water. Tree hyraxes eat fruits and leaves.
In the Universe
In "The Rise of Makuu"
The Lion Guard rescues a hyrax from a thorn bush. After its rescue, the hyrax begins rubbing itself with snake skin in order to hide its scent, but Ushari the Egyptian cobra sneaks up behind it and eats it. Bunga forces Ushari to let the hyrax go, and the hyrax hugs Bunga in gratitude. Shortly into the hug, the hyrax flees from Bunga's stink.
Later, the Lion Guard rescues the hyrax from a tree so that it will not be harmed by the Roar of the Elders. With Bunga having gotten rid of his stink with mint leaves, the hyrax clings to his back happily.
In "Fuli's New Family"
In "Follow that Hippo!"
A group of young animals chases hyraxes, pretending they are hyenas. The hyraxes eventually escape.
A group of hyraxes sleeps as a herd of zebras stampedes toward them. Just in time, the Lion Guard diverts the herd and saves the hyraxes from harm.
In "Too Many Termites"
Goigoi questions Reirei on where their hyrax neighbors had gone, and Reirei reminds him that they had not moved out. Goigoi then remarks that they had been delicious.
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