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Re: Hyena Scare

Unread postby NickyG » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:47 pm

Hyenas are more successful hunters than lions. I.E. they notch up more kills per 100 attempts.

The hyena may not be as strong as a lion, but they definitly make up in the bold department when it comes to competeing at a kill...even if it is not thiers.

There are a number of incidents recorded, where campers have woken up to find thier ear or nose is being bitten off by hyenas.
Its always a safe bet to keep a fire going, and have a guard watch around teh clock in the dark hours.

They are opportunistic, and will steal kills over active hunting, but bear in mind they hunt very very well.

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby Wild about cats » Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:37 pm

We found a hyaena den on the H3, about 1km south of the H2-2. Had so many pups!! No less than 8 of different ages.

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby Gunner » Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:26 am

Great pics 'mites :clap: :thumbs_up:

Whats the biggest clan of Hyaena's any of you have seen? :hmz:

I saw about 10 just outside Skukuza at the 4-way junction.

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby Wild about cats » Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:33 pm

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Saw this guy just before the N'waswitshaka bridge at sunset, probably going to Skukuza for a snack :wink:
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby Spotted Cat » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:43 pm

Berg-en-Dal area


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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby hyena_spot » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:26 pm

Hi everyone

The day is near, your flight on the 6th of September and I'm really really excited to spend 3 weeks in Kruger park where I hopefully will spot a few hyenas!

Could those of you who have visited Kruger in the past few weeks (even months) and came across hyena dens please tell me where you found them? I would absolutely love to come across a den and hopefully be able to take hyena pictures so any help is greatly appreciated! :thumbs_up:

Thank you in advance and I hope to come back and be able to share a couple of nice hyena pictures with you 8)

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:48 pm

welcome hyena_spot :D
yes come back with some pictures of Hyenas :dance: ... and why not a Travel Tale
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why don't people love spotted hyenas?

Unread postby annie R » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:29 am

We were at Kgalagadi last month, spending hours watching a den of spotties just north of Urikaruus where there was a cub that was just days old. Unlike at a lion sighting, most people would stop for five or six minutes and hurry on, others would barely stop at all. I can't understand it. Is it because they have a bad rap as hermaphroditic scavengers, the demented schemers they're portrayed in Disney's Lion King? Seriously, people, this is just fiction! The truth is that they're amazing predators deserving just as much attention as lions. All they need is a good spin doctor and a spot of rebranding. Check out the latest post (Don't believe everything you hear about hyenas) on my blog below for some commonly held myths about these social animals...

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Re: why don't people love spotted hyenas?

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:42 am

Because they are not on the big 5 list that certain superficial wildlife lovers (particularly the OSV safari lover type) pay exclusive homage to ...
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why do people pass hyenas without stopping?

Unread postby annie R » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:47 am

We were at Kruger in August and we spent hours watching a den of spotties just south of Afsaal where there were quite a few cubs of different sizes. Unlike at a lion sighting, where people gang up and hang around for hours, most people would stop for a few minutes before hurrying on, others would barely stop at all. I can't understand it. Is it because spotted hyena have a bad rap as hermaphroditic scavengers, the demented schemers they're portrayed in Disney's Lion King? Seriously, people, this is just fiction! The truth is that spotties are amazing predators who deserve just as much attention as lions. All they need is a good spin doctor and a spot of rebranding, so that's my mission here. Check out the latest post (Don't believe everything you hear about hyenas) on my blog below for some commonly held myths about these social animals...
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Re: why do people pass hyenas without stopping?

Unread postby BushNuts » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:02 am

Firstly, two :thumbs_up: for pointing this out.

You forgot to mention that the likely hood of seeing a kill is greater with Hyenas than Lions.

Besides giving them the credit they are due, people don't stop to appreciate the beauty of these animals. Those jaws are amongst the most powerful in the animal kingdom. Look closer and you'll see the beauty. I challenge everyone on this forum to stop for an extra 5 minutes (time yourselves) next time you see a Hyena and just study the animal. You'll be surprised.
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Re: why do people pass hyenas without stopping?

Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:23 am

Hi Annie.
I will bet my bottom Rand that wshould you ask those who passed you back in camp what they saw they would reply - "nothing just a lot of Impala and some Wildebeest or Zebra, the bush is too dry and it is too hot and . . . . "

They would not tell you that they heard the Francolin and Kingfishers or maybe a Coucal or a Fish Eagle - because they did not.

Not all visitors to the Park go there for a spiritual experience.

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Re: why do people pass hyenas without stopping?

Unread postby Lowveldboy » Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:39 am

Hi Annie

I agree with you, and GMLS because then the people just say - WE SAW NOTHING :big_eyes: IDOITS!! Sorry - got a bit upset there.

I am actually the only person I know off that list the Hyeana as their fav animal - they are that beautifull to me!!

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Re: why do people pass hyenas without stopping?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:16 pm

:hmz: I am tempted to say just be thankful that the majority are racing around looking for lions and leave you in peace to enjoy what you like. :thumbs_up:
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Re: why do people pass hyenas without stopping?

Unread postby glordon » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:52 pm

Hi Annie,
I agree regarding hyaena's.
Despite their bad rep they do have a softer side.
We watched some spotties at their den in a culvert on the tar road near Shingwedzi . There was a young adult and three small cubs and it was amazing to see how they played and "cuddled" one another. If one takes the time to stop and watch a while one sees the "family" side of an animal and not just a shape passing in the grass. :thumbs_up:
Thanks for the comments


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