TAXONOMY

Dendrohyearax arboreus (A. Smith, 1827), Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Eight subspecies have been described.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Tree dassie; French: Daman d’arbre; German: Baumschliefer; Spanish: Daman de árbol.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and physique size 12.5–24 in (32–60 cm); weight 3.7–9.9 lb (1.7–4.5 kg). Males and females are roughly the identical measurement. Coat is lengthy, smooth, and darkish brown; dorsal spot mild to darkish yellow, from 0.9–1.2 in (23–30 mm) lengthy. Number of mammae variable. Longevity over 10 years.

DISTRIBUTION

Found within the evergreen forests of the jap Cape Province and the Natal midlands of South Africa; northwestern Zambia; northeastern and jap Zambia; jap Congo; northwestern Tanzania; Burundi and Rwanda; western Uganda; central and southern Kenya.

HABITAT

Evergreen forests up to about 13,500 ft (4,500 m). In the Ruwenzori, they stay additionally amongst rock boulders.

BEHAVIOR

Nocturnal and stay primarily solitary, however teams of two and three may be discovered (probably mom and subadult younger). Individuals keep territories, however inhabitants densities and construction poorly recognized.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Herbivorous, shopping leaves, buds, twigs, fruits from forbs and bushes all year-round.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Not well-known. Gestation: 220–240 days; one to two younger per feminine.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Certain African tribes hunt hyearax as a supply of food, to accumulate skins, and as drugs. For some tribes it's also necessary of their non secular traditions.