Despite their small size, rock hyraxes are closely related to elephants and have tusk-like front teeth. The rock hyrax has a thick, brown coat; lighter underparts; a pointed head; small ears and tail; short legs; and rubbery feet that provide excellent traction when climbing rocks.
Lives in herds with a territorial dominant male. Spends most of its time resting. Regulates its body temperature by basking in the sun or huddling with other hyraxes. Retreats quickly to crevices when approached.
The rock hyrax feeds on grasses, leaves, roots, and fruit.
Endangered species. Occurs in rocky valleys in southwestern Jordan, including the Dana Nature Reserve and Wadi Rum. Lives in crevices and burrows abandoned by other animals.