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hyrax (hīˈrăks), name for rabbit-sized mammals of Africa and SW Asia comprising the family Procavidae. Although rodentlike in appearance, hyraxes are hoofed mammals, or ungulates (see Chordata), most closely related to elephants and sea cows. The hyrax, also called coney or dassie, has a squat, furry body, with short slender legs, short ears, and a short tail. It has small hooves on its toes, and moist padded soles that cling to steep surfaces by suction, making it an excellent climber. There are four hyrax species, classified in three genera. The genera Procavia and Heterohyrax include the two ground-living species. They are rock dwellers and live in colonies of up to 50 animals; they are found especially in deserts and hills. The rock hyrax (P. capensis) is noted for the “songs” of the male. The species of the genus Dendrohyrax are arboreal and are known as tree hyraxes; they are the only tree-dwelling hoofed mammals. Tree hyraxes are solitary and nocturnal; they are confined to forested regions of Africa. Hyraxes feed on seeds, fruit, and leaves, and in large numbers can be serious agricultural pests. They are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Hyracoidea, family Procavidae.
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hyrax

any agile herbivorous mammal of the family Procaviidae and order Hyracoidea, of Africa and SW Asia, such as Procavia capensis (rock hyrax). They resemble rodents but have feet with hooflike toes
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Like most younger African hunters, Nicky started with the small stuff: dassie (also called rock hyrax, similar in appearance and behavior to a North American rock chuck), Cape hare (a rabbit somewhere between a cottontail and jackrabbit in size), jackal (a canine predator with an appearance and size somewhere between a fox and coyote), steinbok (one of the Tiny Ten antelope, tipping the scales around 20 pounds), and, at the top of the heap, the "elephant" of the Little Five: the common springbok.
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In albei gedigte word verwys na dieselfde dinge: In Psalm 104: water, wilde esels, voels van die hemel, veld, gras, diere en plante, bome, voels wat hulle neste maak, die reier, klipbokke, dassies, en dan daardie leeus; in Achnaton se Himne: water, insekte, slange, "the heards in their meadows, cattle and every sort of small beast," voels wat vlieg of hul neste maak, bome, die veld, en dan daardie leeus wat van Egipte af Palestina toe geloop het.
Tourists armed with binoculars line the cliffs, where you'll also see curious hairy creatures called rock dassies which look just like hamsters on steroids.
Back at the campsite, spotted hyenas and dassies can be seen at dusk and into the night.
After seeing a few small bucks and numerous dassies (rock hyraxes), we spotted a nice buck in an area we had passed not 15 minutes earlier.
For example if it were an established law that all dassies mate only in winter, and we observed an apparent counter-example to this law in the form of a pair of dassies mating in summer in the Moscow Zoo, we would be entitled to appeal to an implicit ceteris paribus clause in the formulation of the antecedent of our law in order to save our law from the effect of the counter-example.
He responds to this new awareness with appreciation, begins looking at his surroundings more attentively, and sees small movements everywhere: dassies (rock-rabbits), grondeekhorinkies (ground squirrels), blouapies (vervet monkeys) and aquatic birds (p.