Hyrax, the Singer of the Desert

In the dry desert, you can hear sound like a song but nobody in there. So, who was singing?



Hyrax, the Singer of the Desert

Hyrax, the Singer of the Desert

Mountain’s inhabitant

The sound of desert is come from hyrax, little mammal which inhabit the desert. Hyrax communicates with tone sound. Sometime with high tone sound, other time with lower tone sound. The hyrax’s song often been heard correspond one another in quiet desert.

This herbivore live in the desert east side of Africa continent. Hyrax live in group, they live in rocky mountains. One group consist of 50 hyraxes. They share their habitat and also their food. The habitat of hyrax can easily been known by white patches around their area. This white patches came from crystallized urine.

Family with the elephant

If you see them for a while, hyrax body shape is like mouse or civet. Sometime you can see them are like rabbit with short ear. Its fur is colored brownish black. This color makes them unseen by their predator while they are on the sand or on the rocks.

Hyrax always start a day with sun bathing together on the rocks. Then, they will search for foods after their body was warm.

Did you know, hyrax has same family with elephant. It’s teeth and shape of skull is resemblance one another with this big mammals which have trunks. Hyrax is also has 2 little teeth which resemble to elephant tusk. The different is that hyrax weight only 5 kilograms and its height is only 20 – 30 cm, compared with elephant which has hundreds kilograms weight when they was born.


desert A desert is a very dry area of land where few plants and animals can live.
hyrax A hyrax is any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes.
mammal A mammal is any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk.
tone A tone is the kind of sound you hear in a musical note, or in a person’s voice live or in writing.
correspond Correspond mean to send messages back and forth.
herbivore Herbivore is any animal that feeds chiefly on grass and other plants.
continent A continent is one of the large landmasses of the earth.
habitat A habitat is the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs.
patch A patch is a small contrasting part of something.
crystallize Crystallize means cause to take on a definite and clear shape.
mouse A mouse is a small rodent with a pointy face, rounded ears, and a long tail.
civet A civet is cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes.
rabbit A rabbit is any of various burrowing animals of the family Leporidae having long ears and short tails.
predator A predator is an animal that eats other animals — or people or companies who act like they do.
sun bathing Sun bathing is when you lie outside on a summer day and soak in the sunshine.
warm Warm means having or producing a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat or imparting or maintaining heat.
elephant An elephant is an enormous, four-footed animal with big ears and a long trunk.
resemblance A resemblance is a similarity in appearance.
trunk A trunk (of elephant) is a long flexible snout as of an elephant.
resemble Resemble means appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to.
tusk A tusk is the long, pointed tooth seen on some animals, such as elephants, walruses, or hogs. Animals that have tusks can use them for protection against predators.
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