This Rock Hyrax, or Dassie, has a stunning home in the rocky crevices high up on Table Mountain.
The hyrax is one of the four living species of the order Hyracoidea. The closest living relatives to hyraxes are modern day elephants (hard to believe, I know). Hyraxes are known for their sentry-like behaviour where one or more of them takes up position on a vantage point and issues alarm calls at the approach of a possible predator. I saw no sign of this, however; they were all just too busy sunbathing!
In Kenya, you can find Tree Hyraxes. The name is a giveaway so I won’t explain where they live. Here’s a photo instead: