Unusual features/differences from similar
The spot on the back is cream-coloured whereas it is black in the Rock hyrax and
cream in Yellow-spotted hyrax. The Tree Hyrax does
not have long black tactile body hairs of the Rock
Hyrax and the Yellow-spotted hyrax. The eyes do not
reflect brightly in a spotlight.
Visible Male/Female Differences
have one or two pairs of nipples on the belly.
Habitat and Distribution
The Rock hyrax's preferred habitat is evergreen and riverine forests and they
do not penetrate beyond forest fringes.
A wide verity of leaves.
Litters of 2-3 born after a gestation of 7-8
months. Breeding season
Behavior and Habits
Active at night
and solitary, they shelter during the day in holes in large trees. They are
tree-dwelling and are nimble climbers. They defecate and urinates in middens in tree holes or on the ground.
Its most distinctive call is a
blood-curdling scream; also gives a cackling bark, growls and grinds its teeth.
Calls induce a cacophony of response calls from other tree hyraxes.
Dung and Field sign
small rounded pellets in cylindrical clusters about 5
cm long and 2 cm thick. Deposited in middens in tree holes or on the
ground at the base of trees.