We recently happened upon this family of bush hyraxes living in a massive fig tree in Tarangire. Hyraxes are distantly related to elephants, and have been described by Richard Estes as "the smallest ungulate-type mammals." Yet they have no hooves: their feet are rubbery soles kept moist by sweat glands, making them agile climbers in steep terrain. They are poor thermoregulators, so they sunbathe to warm up in the morning, escape midday heat in the shade, and find shelter from cold at night in holes, cracks, and crannies.
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