Basking hyraxes

Title Info
Common name Hyrax
Scientific name Procaviidae
Level Family
Source Dan L. Perlman
Lessons Temperature Relations
Date August 06, 2003
Location Lobo,Serengeti National Park,Tanzania,Africa

Basking hyraxes, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Hyraxes, a primitive group related to elephants and manatees are quite poor at thermoregulating compared to most mammals. They can overheat in direct sunlight even in moderate temperatures, and need to bask in order to keep their body temperature up in cold weather.