These little creatures live in big groups — colonies of as many as 80, if space allows. The animals are most often found sunbathing, soaking in some rays before going off as a pack to forage for food.
But these gregarious little mammals now have another thing to worry about beyond snakes — expanding cities. And their taste for shoots, leaves and budding flowers do them no favors in city centers from Jerusalem to Johannesburg.
“Dassies in urban areas are under threat of diminished habitat due to rapid urbanization,” Wright said. “This forces them to enter people's properties, where they browse in the gardens. Sometimes dassies move into roof spaces and that becomes problematic.”