| Latin Name
| Conservation Status
||30 - 75 cm (12 - 30 inches)
||1 - 5 Kgs (2.2 - 11 lbs)
| Life Expectancy
Up to 12 Yrs
Western Tree Hyraxes have a body length between 30 and 75 cms (12 - 30 inches) and they weigh between 1 and 5 kgs (2.2 - 11 lbs). They are grey/brown in colour and their fur is thick and soft. On their back they have a patch of lighter coloured hair that covers a scent gland.
They have small, rounded ears, short legs and they use loud, piercing calls to communicate with each other.
Western Tree Hyraxes inhabit the subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests and moist savannas of west and central Africa. They are nocturnal and they are either solitary or live in small groups.
The diet of a Western Tree Hyrax mainly consists of grasses, leaves, bark, twigs, fruit and insects.
After a gestation period of 6.5 - 7.5 months, 1 - 2 young hyraxes are born. At birth they are well developed and within a day they are able to climb trees. Western Tree Hyraxes reach sexual maturity at approximately 16 months old.
Predators of Western Tree Hyrax include birds of prey, leopards, african wild dogs, snakes and humans.
Subspecies of the Western Tree Hyrax include:
Dendrohyrax dorsalis dorsalis
Dendrohyrax dorsalis emini
Dendrohyrax dorsalis latrator
Dendrohyrax dorsalis marmota
Dendrohyrax dorsalis nigricans
Dendrohyrax dorsalis sylvestris
Western Tree Hyraxes are also known as:
Beecroft's Tree Hyrax
Hyraxes are within the group of mammals known as Afrotheria, as are elephants, elephant shrews, aardvark and dugong and manatees.
Southern Tree Hyrax
Yellow-Spotted Rock Hyrax