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 Post subject: Re: Confirmed Brown Hyena sighting in Kruger with photo
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:45 pm 
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BTW , this long drawn out "blog" search that has finally produced photographic proof was overshadowed by confirmed sightings by Sanparks field staff in the Pafuri area more than 10 years ago :

"From: Rob Thomson
Sent: 17 September 2002 10:50 AM
To: KNP-Rangers; KNP - Research; KNP - Hospitality Managers; KNP - Regional Managers; CIS (Corporate Investigation Services)
Cc: Wouter Jordaan; Phineas Nobela; Marc Mcdonald; Leon Serfontein
Subject: BROWN HYAENA
Dear all
My parents and I had the most excellent sighting on Sunday night at 19h00, while we were returning from Lanner Gorge from the West via Pafuri gate.
Approximately 5km East of the Pafuri gate running towards us was the most magnificent specimen of a large Brown hyena.
Due to its size I assume it could be a female.
It was in excellent condition, I could not find a scratch on its face from 30m.
It ran in the road for around 30 sec, before it turned and vanished into the bush, its long hair flowing in the wind as it ran away from us.
This is only the second 'wild' Brown Hyena I have seen, the first being at Venetia Limpopo reserve.
Wilbert Von Voort said he thought he saw one two years ago in the Nyalaland trails area, and Dr. Gus reckons there have only been six other sightings (records) in his time in the park. Gus, please correct me if I am wrong.
Could they be moving in and out the area, due to positive change in water policy (Pienaar/Mills)?
An opinion which I believe is valid, especially long term.
The Spotted 'brother' does occur in the area but their numbers are not too high, however they are the dominant predator in the Pafuri, while the lion population is minimal.
The Nyalaland area and blocks 12 & 13 (East of the Tar road) are so vast with little human movement and no roads, that their could be more of these hyena walking around out there.
There areas of movement are so massive and number density low that it is hard to tell for sure.
Hope you find this e-mail of interest.
Anyway, it was a privilege to see this rare specie in Kruger, and welcome any other responses, especially from the old hands in the 'bush' park.
greetings R. Thomson

Pafuri"

I am convinced I saw one loping away with its back & hind quarters visible to me in Oct 1987 near Tshanga ...

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 Post subject: Re: Confirmed Brown Hyena sighting in Kruger with photo
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:25 pm 
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There have been several sightings in recent years in the Pafuri area by guides from the private lodges there. I have no reason to doubt the correctness of their observations.

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 Post subject: Re: Confirmed Brown Hyena sighting in Kruger with photo
Unread postPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 11:44 pm 
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That is some fab news Cheetah. :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

Thanks for sharing. Hopefully I will see them in Kruger, and hopefully in the NORTH. :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Confirmed Brown Hyena sighting in Kruger with photo
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Interesting... :hmz: thanks Cheetaikie! :thumbs_up: Will now have to add them to my wish list in KNP...

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 Post subject: Re: Confirmed Brown Hyena sighting in Kruger with photo
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Wowweee some people have all the luck! not just a brown hyena but one in Kruger to!! I was sure it was gonna be me to have the first photographic proof :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Confirmed Brown Hyena sighting in Kruger with photo
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Bush Baptist wrote:
But please, let's have a pic like you can get (almost) any day in Kgalagadi, with the brownie fully visible and close.


My take on this is that there are probably a few brownies in KNP - the proof being the above posts. There are probably not many, and those that are there, are not often seen by tourists - as we all know from the little evidence that we have. The chances are therefor good that these animals will not be used to vehicles or humans (as they probably are in KTP in the areas they are often spotted), and that they will probably not just stand around for a picture if they do get in contact with a vehicle/human. They will probably run away and hide - as was the case with this sighting. So I don't think the chances are great for getting such a shot... :cam:

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 Post subject: Re: Brown hyena - rare sighting?
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Wonderful thread, chok-full of authentic records of this beautiful creature in Kruger. I have never seen one there but have absolutely no doubt that they exist. Many people have suggested that the sightings are so rare because it is of nomads passing through the area, and that it is doubtful that they den there. I think that a BH sighting in Kruger has to be one of the MOST special moments of all.

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 Post subject: Re: Brown hyena - rare sighting?
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This is an article I found on Koedoe.co.za regarding mammals found in the Kruger. The article is online, under Archives, under "The large mammals of the Kruger National Park - Their distribution and present-day status", Vol6, No 1: 1963.

So definitely, there must be some Brown Hyenas left!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Brown hyena - rare sighting?
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Fascinating information, JohanEngels. One wonders, though, how much this situation has changed in half a century. :hmz:

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To bad we can't relocate some of the brownies caught every year in gin traps to KNP

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