Yellow-spotted rock hyrax - Heterohyrax brucei
Yellow-spotted rock hyrax - Heterohyrax brucei

Heterohyrax brucei, more commonly known as the yellow-spotted rock hyrax or bush hyrax, is a species of mammal in the family Procaviidae. It is found in Africa. Its natural habitats are dry savanna and rocky areas. Hyrax comes from the Greek word ὕραξ, or shrew-mouse.

Bush hyrax or Yellow-spotted rock dassie, Heterohyrax brucei, single mammal on rock, Tanzania. By Erni | Shutterstock.com
Bush hyrax or Yellow-spotted rock dassie, Heterohyrax brucei, single mammal on rock, Tanzania. By Erni | Shutterstock.com

The Heterohyrax is on the IUCN least concern list for threatened species. It has no major threats though it is locally hunted in some regions. Communities within the Matobo hills are reliant upon the hyraxes as a main protein source. Other populations of people groups have been known to hunt the hyrax when other food sources are scarce.

Information from Wikipedia.

Yellow-spotted Rock Hyrax in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. By vblinov | Shutterstock.com
Yellow-spotted Rock Hyrax in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. By vblinov | Shutterstock.com

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