Dassies (Procavia capensis)
Hwange, Zimbabwe, 1990

Hyraxes, or dassies, are more closely related to elephants and dugongs, than to the rodents which they resemble. They have a far longer African ancestry than most of the herbivores which now dominate the continent.

The ungulates did not sweep into Africa until it collided with Europe during the Miocene epoch, about 20 million years ago.