QPIET VAN STAADEN from Welgelegen writes: I photographed this creature in Mapungubwe National Park. I consulted a few guidebooks and I think it’s a tree hyrax, but they aren’t found in that area. Can you help me identify it?
ALETSIE COETZEE from Mapungubwe National Park says: Thanks for the wonderful photo, Piet. This is actually a yellow-spotted rock hyrax, not a tree hyrax. The species has a number of colour variations: grey fur with a white stomach – like here – is characteristic of the Zimbabwe colour variant. Another way to identify a yellowspotted rock hyrax is to look for the white spots above the eyes. The rock hyrax and tree hyrax don’t have these spots.