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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:46 pm

Toll Pienaar (previous head of KNP and director of SANParks) wrote a book about his 40 plus years in KNP. There he relates detail about sightings of scarce animals such as roan, lichtensteins hartebeest. etc. He specifically notes brown hyena sightings reported by anyone, including rangers and tourists. According to my thumb suck calculation this happens on average once in 4 to 6 years. Only once is there a report of two animals being seen together.

So there is reliable evidence that they wonder in every now or then, but it is just as conclusive that they are very scarce and do not hang around. This concurs with their social habit of having a part of their population (mostly breeding males) being nomads, who can travel tremendous distances.

To put it in another perspective. Have you heard about Mellers mongoose? It is another scarce animal. These sightings are also reported and that happens around once in two or three years.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:35 pm

Hello, Shortcourse!

Check the Aardwolf thread?!

Brown Hyena have never been reintroduced to Kruger.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby brave_crazy » Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:02 am

Hi there!

I know that no-one will believe me, judging by most posts on this topic. But we saw what i identified as a brown hyeana in the Mopani area last August. Unfortunately it was too far away for a picture but we spent a good 45mins watching it through binoculars. I couldnt believe it, and thought it was an aardwolf, but the size and slant of the back ruled it out for me.

It was a real pity that it wasnt closer to the road, but then i guess it would of dissapeared a lot quicker, and there wouldnt be a chance of identifying it.

So i believe there are BH, its just that they are really shy and secretive.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby joekin » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:05 am

brave_crazy wrote:Hi there!

I know that no-one will believe me, judging by most posts on this topic. But we saw what i identified as a brown hyeana in the Mopani area last August. Unfortunately it was too far away for a picture but we spent a good 45mins watching it through binoculars. I couldnt believe it, and thought it was an aardwolf, but the size and slant of the back ruled it out for me.

It was a real pity that it wasnt closer to the road, but then i guess it would of dissapeared a lot quicker, and there wouldnt be a chance of identifying it.

So i believe there are BH, its just that they are really shy and secretive.


i know many doubt but deep down inside they all believe there are BH in KNP.

I found 2 books from the old days in which they were mentioned.
we must just remember the knp guide shows us "the most commonly seen" mammals.
well if a aardwolf is common then no wonder the BH isn't on the list

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:31 am

I would love somebody to post an authentic pic taken within the boundaries of Kruger on an 'official' tourist activity so that I can stop doubting....
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby onewithnature » Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:00 pm

brave_crazy wrote:Hi there!

I know that no-one will believe me, judging by most posts on this topic. But we saw what i identified as a brown hyeana in the Mopani area last August. Unfortunately it was too far away for a picture but we spent a good 45mins watching it through binoculars. I couldnt believe it, and thought it was an aardwolf, but the size and slant of the back ruled it out for me.

It was a real pity that it wasnt closer to the road, but then i guess it would of dissapeared a lot quicker, and there wouldnt be a chance of identifying it.

So i believe there are BH, its just that they are really shy and secretive.


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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Jungle Junkie » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:33 am

This is a copy of a picture in the book "Kruger National Park - Questions & Answers" published in 1980 and the Author is PF Fourie.

The photograph is by Gus Mills
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby forestgump » Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:57 am

Is the photo not taken in the old Kalahari Gemsbok National Park ?,As far as I remember, Gus also doubted existance of Brown Hyena in Kruger.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Jungle Junkie » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:03 am

:hmz: Why then would it be published in a "Kruger Park" book - Then it would be tricking the reader and purchaser :shock:

It does not say where it was taken and why put a Kalahari picture in a Kruger Park book :rtm:
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby forestgump » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:16 pm

awaiting reply from Dr Mills

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby joekin » Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:56 pm

Jungle Junkie wrote::hmz: Why then would it be published in a "Kruger Park" book - Then it would be tricking the reader and purchaser :shock:

It does not say where it was taken and why put a Kalahari picture in a Kruger Park book :rtm:



I also had a pic a few months ago and was given the same response from RP

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby okie » Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:26 pm

My immediate conclusion was also that the pic was not taken in Kruger . :hmz:
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby forestgump » Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:18 pm

" There is not at present a breeding population of brown hyenas in Kruger. The handful of brown hyenas that have been seen in the park over the last ten years are undoubtedly vagrants from neighbouring areas where brown hyenas are not uncommon, while spotted hyenas have been eradicated." PAGE 148-149 ,Hyena Nights and Kalahari Days, Gus and Margie Mills.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:06 pm

Look, in those days, before the digital age, SANPARKS had their own photographer/s, and their and other contributions were kept centrally for various publications, not necessarily with the locations included.

I also have PF Fourie's book.

The pic in question was taken in Kalahari Transfrontier Park, where, Dr Mills did an extensive study of these animals.

There were no pics of Kruger brown hyenas.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Jungle Junkie » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:36 pm

What a con :evil: That book was published in 1980 - I think Gus Mills should be ashamed of himself :rtm: allowing his photograph to be published in a SPECIFIC "Kruger Park" book :naughty: :naughty: :naughty: :naughty:
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