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 Post subject: Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 10:36 am 
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Wow incredible sighting! The is really exciting news :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?
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15 May 2012
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Brown Hyena- mom and pup
S1, between the H11 and S65
On the move, crossed the road.
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Spotted by Stephan

Stephan (Reporter) went to the ranger at Skukuza and confirmed with him the Brown Hyena sighting. So it is the first confirmed sighting of them in a long time.



So that must mean there must be more seeing that she had a pup with her great news in deed thanks for this update

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?
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Just a note: Hyena young are called cubs not pups :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?
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How was it confirmed - by description of the animal to the ranger, or did the ranger see it as well? Any pics? That would be like platinum, never mind gold!

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?
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Surely for the ranger at Skukuza to confirm he would have to show the ranger a pic :wink:
And since Stephen is on the Whatsapp updates Ossy could ask him for this pic? :whistle:

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:popcorn:

Pic proof please.

We have had 'confirmed' sightings before, and when the pic eventually emerged, it was a dark looking spottie.

Also, spottie cubs are dark brown.

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:) I have contacted someone in the area who might be able to give his thoughts on this - just waiting for a reply.

Anyhow, I will be at Skukuza on Sunday :roll: :wink: so I will doing some asking then, if nothing has been confirmed by then.

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Bush Baptist wrote:
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Pic proof please.

We have had 'confirmed' sightings before, and when the pic eventually emerged, it was a dark looking spottie.

Also, spottie cubs are dark brown.


I agree with BB, if its dusk or dawn and you are not well known with your animals a wrong I'd can be made of a spottie :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?
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I'm really trying to get this picture. He said they crossed the road so quickly and he got a brilliant photo of the tree hiding them. I'll ask for that tree and maybe well be able to see them.


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 Post subject: Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?
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Bush Baptist wrote:
:popcorn: Ossy, we would love to end this soon, one way or another.

Like I have said before, the brownies in KTP mosey around and are very photogenic, but the 'ghosts' in Kruger seem to remain just that!.


Which still begs the question whether BH's are actually resident in Kruger. I personally severely doubt it - nomads from surrounding areas that pass through and are occasionally seen en route seem the most likely explanation. The plethora of spotted hyaenas and lions in Kruger would make the survival of BH's difficult in many areas, although they definitely existed in the Seventies and prior to that; however, I suspect their numbers were already on the decline then.

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?
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RosemaryH wrote:
I am not 100% sure but read a comment about it being in the 1940's
Nope, there were two sightings last year:

http://www.wilderness-safaris.com/news/ ... Item=25681

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?
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During discussions with earlier KNP staff, I was told that Brown Hyaenas are very rare in the KNP however those sighted may be migrating through the Park.

Smithers indicated: Previously occupied throughout southern Africa, but now extinct in much of the south.

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?
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gmlsmit wrote:
During discussions with earlier KNP staff, I was told that Brown Hyaenas are very rare in the KNP however those sighted may be migrating through the Park..

Brown Hyaenas don't migrate.

Young animals dispersing sounds more plausible. If they are heading for Mozambique they are making a big mistake!

Another explanation could be movements caused by environmental or anthropogenic factors or pressure.

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?
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Young animals dispersing sounds more plausible. If they are heading for Mozambique they are making a big mistake!

Another explanation could be movements caused by environmental or anthropogenic factors or pressure.

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There if any at all are very few of this species in the KNP, when they previously moved/migrated due to environmental or anthropogenic factors to Mozambique it happened during times when Mozambique was a very different country to the current.

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?
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Nomadic adult males and females play an important role in the Brown Hyena social system and is a natural part of the system. These are not merely young animals dispersing, but adults. This occurs in natural areas, but even today where they travel through areas of human habitation. Brown Hyenas are well know for being long distance travelers.

Obviously young animals may also migrate, and yes human influence will have an effect. Though Brown Hyena are know to occur in large cities such as Pretoria and Johannesburg.

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