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Southern Tree Hyrax, Dendrohyrax arboreus

The southern tree hyrax (Dendrohyrax arboreus), also known as the southern tree dassie, eastern tree hyrax, or eastern tree dassie, can be found in many areas including Angola, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, and Tanzania. It prefers a habitat within topical or subtropical arid and moist lowland forests, as well as temperate forests and moist savannah or rocky areas. The southern tree hyrax differs from the rock hyrax in that is nocturnal and resides in trees, whereas the rock hyrax is active throughout the day and resides under rocks.

It lives in pairs or small groups, and males hold territories, which they defend by emitting a series of loud shrieks. Because of its preference to live in trees, it is an agile climber, but it is not able to move about on the ground as swiftly. The southern tree hyrax appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Tree Hyrax, Tanzania. Credit: Charles J Sharp/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Southern Tree Hyrax Dendrohyrax arboreus