Rock Hyrax

(Procavia capensis)


rock hyrax

Animal Info

Seneca Park Zoo is home to a female and male rock hyrax. The pair can be found in the Main Building across from the ring-tailed lemurs until the Animals of the Savanna building opens this summer. The female rock hyrax is from the Bronx Zoo while the male came from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.

Status in the Wild

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern due to its wide distribution, the wide range of habitats it is supported by, presumed large populations, and occurrence in a large number of big protected areas.


Their habit ranges from arid deserts to rainforests in sub-saharan Africa, except for the Congo Basin and Madagascar, and extending into the Middle East bordering the Red Sea.


Rock hyraxes feed on a variety of grasses and shrubs, with a particular liking towards new shoots, buds, fruits, and berries. Occasionally they may feed on insects and grubs.

Did you know?

Rock hyraxes are social creatures and live in colonies.

One of their closest living relatives is the elephant.

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