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Rock Hyrax Classification and Evolution
The Rock Hyrax is a large species of Hyrax, most commonly found in Eastern Africa. They are also known as the Rock Dassie or the Rock Rabbit, due to their rodent-like appearance but despite this, they are thought to be most closely related to much larger animals including the Elephant and the Manatee. Although obviously much smaller than their distant ancestors, it is the teeth and bone structure of these animals that relates them to one another. The Rock Hyrax though, is such a unique mammal that it is classified in an order of it's own, along with it's subspecies known as the Yellow-Spotted Hyrax, and the two Tree Hyrax species, which although are very similar in appearance, spend most of their time in the trees rather than on the ground.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3s Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Sep 2013 - 4:17 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
Title:Rock Hyrax
Username:ugly ugly
Uploaded:23 Oct 2013 - 9:31 AM
Tags:General, Photo journalism, Tanzania wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 9:38 AM

Lovely capture, with a most descriptive narrative. Peter.

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 9:50 AM

Great capture Dave, they really are cuties...they also live on the very top of table mountain and are fearless of heights.

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Hermanus
Hermanus e2 Member 2Hermanus vcard South Africa
23 Oct 2013 - 10:29 AM

They are all over the place Smile In Mossel Bay they are fairly tame and allow one to feed them Smile

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 12:17 PM

New to me Dave and a lovely image you've managed here.
You seem to have seen a wide variety of wildlife on your trip
and returned with a complete port folio of excelelnt images.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41124 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 12:33 PM

They're posing beautifully for you, Dave.

Dave

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 1:42 PM

Not seen these before Dave !!
Interesting shot.
Mick.

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
23 Oct 2013 - 3:07 PM

Nice image. First time i saw them on table top mountain in cape town during my visit to SA last november. I was surprised to learn that they belong to elephant family.

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 3:10 PM

I've never seen these either - what cute creatures! Well taken Dave.

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johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 8johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 5:01 PM

A lovely capture.
Regards John.

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franken
franken e2 Member 123273 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 5:10 PM

Never seen these before - excellent!

Ken

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Alda
Alda e2 Member 246 forum postsAlda vcard United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 6:58 PM

I saw lots of them growing up in South Africa GrinGrin

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rogerfry
rogerfry e2 Member 9525 forum postsrogerfry vcard United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 - 7:58 PM

Cute little animals....at one of the camps we stayed at a few years ago, they had a "resident" hyrax that used to come and check what was left on the tables after the evening meal.
Nicely portrayed........and many thanks for the UA.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2013 - 11:15 PM

They are such comical little creatures, I like the smug expression on the face of the one on the left

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