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Rock Hyrax (with rocks)

Rock Hyrax  (with rocks)
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-12 16:00
Viewed: 6134
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
(Eng) Rock Hyrax
(Lat) Procavia capensis
(Fre) Daman des rochers


The hyraxes live in Africa and the Middle East.

Hyraxes are well-furred rotund creatures with a mere stump for a tail. Most measure between 30-70 cm long and weigh between 2-5kg.

Hyraxes retain a number of early mammal characteristics; in particular they have poorly developed internal temperature regulation (which they deal with by huddling together for warmth, and by basking in the sun like reptiles).

Unlike the even-toed ungulates and some of the macropods, hyraxes do not chew cud to help extract nutrients from coarse, low-grade leaves and grasses. They do, however, have complex, multi-chambered stomachs which allow symbiotic bacteria to break down tough plant materials, and their overall ability to digest fibre is similar to that of the ungulates.

Hyraxes inhabit rocky terrain across sub-Saharan Africa. Their feet have rubbery pads with numerous sweat glands, which help the animal maintain its grip when moving fast up steep rocky surfaces. They also have efficient kidneys, retaining water so that they can survive in arid environments.

Hyraxes live in small family groups, dominated by a single male who aggressively defends the territory from rivals.

Hyraxes are sometimes described as being the closest living relative to the elephant.


This happened on the road side, in the savannah, next to a mountain. There was a table there. This one must be used to look for food left by tourists as it came very close to us with quite some interest.


Crop 80%

Tanks for looking

ImageMaker, anel, eng55, Jamesp, Miss_Piggy, rousettus, touristdidi, boreocypriensis, hester, jconceicao, trekks, Adanac, Dis. Ac., Alex99 has marked this note useful
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What a fascinating animal you captured with clarity. The texture of the rocks are also spot on.

Hi Jean Marie

Great shot of this curious mammal
Good composition and pose
Good sharpness


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-13 5:20]

Bonjour Jean-Marie,
Voilà encore une céature qui m'était totalement inconnue. En plus elle a l'air bien innocente pour avoir été photographiée à l'entrée de l'enfer!!
Très bonne netteté et cadrage. Bravo.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-13 9:19]

Hi Jean Marie,
Very nice capture.I liked POV,eye contact,sharpness and pose of hyrax a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-13 23:20]


Good shot of this Dassie - good pose and excellent detail.


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-11-16 21:41]

Hello Jean Marie,
Very nice capture of this Rock Hyrax. POV and details are great with natural settings.
Thanks for sharing

Hello JeanMarie
You have captured this chubby little rock hyrax in a lovely almost "freeze frame” pose, showing it in its natural environment. The direct eye contact is great. I also like the white patches above the eyes and the small ears. This is one of those cute images, and words like "ooh o so sweet", and "aah it look so cuddly", all comes to mind. A very clear and pleasant display of this animal, as well as the detailed markings on the rocks. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

This animal is new to me. I love the pose with him nestled in the rocks. The eye contact is super as are the sharpness and exposure. Nice work

Evelynn : )

Hi JeanMarie,
Two years ago, I visit border of Jordan and Israel, where lives hyraxes there. Unfortunately, I couldnt see them, but I saw their rocky biotop. You are lucky to see it and capture with a great shot. Great focus, POV and eyes contact. Nicely composed. Thanks for sharing, best wishes.

I never heard of them. He is very cute. Excellent information!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-22 12:07]

Hello Jean-Marie,
What a cute species, well displayed with sharp focus and lovely colors. Thank you for sharing Jean-Marie.

Hi JeanMarie,

I like your dassie photo a lot. You caught a great expression on his face. It's sharp and has a very good lighting. In my trip I've seen lots of dassies in Damaraland, Namibia, but none was as close (except one that was hiding ubder the rock in the shadow).


Hi JM,
What a cute hyrax:) Lovely and perfect shot.
TFS and cheers,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-05 11:59]

Hi Jeanmarie

What a lovely looking mammal. Beautifully sharp and with a nice curious pose. I love the bright eyes here. It is always a pleasure to see mammal photographs



Hello JeanMarie,

Fantastic shot,
Beautiful colours with great details.
Light and sharpness are excellent.
Good notes.

Hi Jean Marie, great capture of lovely creature in great pose, fine details and splendid sharpness
Very well done

Hello Jean Marie

What a cute little animal.
Excellent detail and texture.
You have managed to capture it in a lovely natural setting.
Very good natural light and colour.
Fantastic eye contact.


  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2009-01-07 2:13]

bonjour JeanMarie

Very well camouflaged among the rocks for this little one but you have caught him in a good angle looking up into the camera for that eye contact. Interesting to note its size and shape, something I have not seen before.

tfs, bill

Hi JeanMarie,

Good presentation of this Hyraxes.
Nice pov and with beautiful colours.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-13 21:29]

Hi JeanMarie.
I have missed few your very nice shots and this one is from them. I have never seen this species. You have represented it perfectly. Touching eye-contact, superb details and sharpness of the animal image an its surroundings, excellent exposure and cropping. My compliments and all the best in 2009.

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