June 1, 2023, Johannesburg, South Africa (Press Release) – We all know South Africa’s Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, and African buffalo. This month, Springbok Casino introduces us to another South African animal, the tiny but mighty Rock Hyraxes. Despite their size, these miniature relatives of elephants are fascinating creatures with a range of unique adaptations and behaviors that make them stand out in the animal kingdom. 

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Springbok’s special feature is a collection of videos exploring Ten Fascinating Facts About the Rock Hyraxes

  • Rock hyraxes may look like rodents, but they are actually closely related to elephants.
  • Unlike most small mammals, rock hyraxes can eat tough plants and survive on a low-nutrient diet thanks to their specialized digestive system.
  • Rock hyraxes are known for their love of sunbathing. They can often be seen basking on rocks or other warm surfaces, even in the hottest part of the day.
  • Rock hyraxes have a sophisticated alarm system that helps them detect predators and other threats.
  • Rock hyraxes are expert climbers and can cling to almost any surface, thanks to their specially adapted feet.
  • Rock hyraxes have a surprisingly varied vocal repertoire, including grunts, whistles, and even screams.
  • Rock hyraxes are expert builders and can construct intricate systems of burrows and tunnels in rocky terrain.
  • While most mammals would be killed by the venom of a puff adder, rock hyraxes are immune to the snake's deadly bite.
  • Rock hyraxes are highly social animals and live in groups of up to 50 individuals.
  • Rock hyraxes engage in a behavior called coprophagy, which involves eating their own feces in order to extract more nutrients from their food. 


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