|Rock Dassie, Procavia
Cape of Good Hope (Cape Peninsula National Park)
It's hard to believe this little fellow to be close related to the
Elephant. The Rock Dassie i heavy built though and weight about 4 kg.
The coat is short and course, yellowish or gray brown, with a tuft on the
middle of the back, varying from black to yellowish. It lives in rocky
scrub-covered in savannas, also in very dry areas, but never in dense
The Dassies are very sociable and they live in colonies of up to 60
animals. They climb rocks very easily and jumps freely. Their feet have
semi elastic rubber-like pads which are very helpful on steep slopes.
They are only active during daytime, feeding mainly on grass but also leaves
and fruits. When alarmed they hide in rocky clefts or under