Rock hyrax are closely related to elephants and manatees. Rock hyrax are a terrestrial Mammal and can also be called a ‘Rock Dassie’.
Upon first appearance a hyrax could be mistaken for a rodent, surprisingly they are members of the clade Paenungulata, making them more closely related to elephants and manatees than any other group of mammals.
While they are a small, thickset mammal, their teeth and skull are noticeably similar to that of their much heavier relatives. Their rubbery damp feet are especially adapted for climbing, allowing them to climb steep rock faces.
Unlike other browsing mammals, they do not use their incisor teeth to slice off leaves; they use their molar teeth at the rear of their mouth.
Rock hyrax are not ruminants but have a multichambered stomach that allows bacteria to break down tough plant matter.