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Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:19 pm

Found these adorable pups on the H-4, during our quick day-visit to KNP, yesterday:

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Unread postby Muhammad » Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:18 pm

Found these little pups on the S1,Doispane Road.Jan 2008

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Unread postby Jock » Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:59 am

If someone is wanting to see hyena there is an active den on the corner of the H11 and S1.
We saw these hyenas daily and at one stage could count six pups (from 4 litters).
Three of the pups were still small and black, while the other three had their spots.
The oldest two were often found wondering around the vehicles and clearly looking in for something to eat :evil: .
They also climb under the vehicles to drink the water that leaks from the air cons which had us all very concerned for their safety.
Whenever we drove past early in the morning, and late in the afternoon, we found them nursing, playing or just wondering around.
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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:27 pm

Hyaena's ... Sociable, and Smart
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Unread postby restio » Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:12 pm

Fascinating article!

I always thought hyenas were clever, but now there is scientific evidence:

While the intelligence of hyenas may be similar to that of primates, Dr. Holekamp is also struck by the differences. Primates are immensely curious, but she does not see much evidence of inventiveness in hyenas.

“But maybe that’s not a fair question,” she said. “Maybe we’ll have to ask about this in relation to other carnivores, where you would expect hyenas to be very curious and innovative.”
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Unread postby LadyRaven » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:39 pm

From my trip to Kruger last month at the t-junction of the S1 and the Kruger Gate Road to Skukuza...

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:38 pm

Oh my goodness,
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those are magnificent photos.

I hope that you stay with us and send us more gems.

I do think that Sanparks has a legitimate defamation case against Walt Disney for Hyena "malignement of character" :twisted:
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Unread postby Elsa » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:44 pm

Hi Faunavista,
There is also a very active den at the junction of the H11 and S1.
There were at least 3 litters of cubs there in Feb.

If you would like to see some of our pics of the Hyenas, you can go and have a look Here
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Unread postby Fanta » Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:56 pm

We cross two hyena dens during our week trip.

First one was between Letaba and Olifants on the S93. Mom with two older pups and three little ones which one had a key interest in our car. :mrgreen:

The second den we came across was on our way away from Olifants at S39 turn off to Roodewal. They were on the tar road to our left with mommy, bunch of other aldults and 4 - 5 small pups (they were still black) and we sat there for about half an hour to watch them play and bite mommy ears. Very cute!!! :mrgreen:

Then of course we saw hyenas around Skukuza a lot... :D
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Hyenas eating Lioness

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:52 am

In July 2007 we came upon this strange sighting. It was a few hyenas feasting on a Lioness. :shock:
It was just behind the Mpondo dam.
This seemed very strange to us, so when back at camp (Croc Bridge)
I asked one of the rangers regarding this.

They suspected that this was a lioness that wandered into the territory of another pride. She was killed by the other prides lionesses, but they apparently only kill her and won't eat her.

So the hyenas probably though this is there change of revenge on the lions.
Quite sad though :cry:
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Re: Spotted Hyaena

Unread postby wilmaw » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:31 pm

There's a den just north of the S141/H14 junction (at Shimuwini). We found quite a bunch (7+) there early August with one youngster having a deformed front leg. Shimuwini ranger says it's been like that since its birth.
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Unread postby AFRICAT » Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:38 pm

Miss naive here,...if this was covered previously, please point me in the right direction. There is currently (as of 1 week ago), a mother hyena just outside (approx. 1 km) Mopani who has a very small newborn, as well as an older "teenager". The older one sits outside the culvert opening while the mom nurses the newbie right beside the road. I found this strange, as we had also seen another mom nursing two pups the size of this older one....Questions, is it usual for a mom to have 2 litters so close together, or do they ever adopt an orphaned one? Would the older one stop nursing completely once a younger one comes along, or just wait its turn? Thanks to those-in-the-know.

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:29 pm

Hi Africat, we also saw this. There is a den close to Olifants camp.
Also a mom with 3 young cubs and an elder sibling. I also wondered about her having the litters so close.
Can anyone please advise us on this?? :hmz:
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Re: Spotted Hyaena

Unread postby Bahamut » Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:31 pm

Average time between litters in KNP is 16-19 months. The number of young in a litter is typically one or two, exceptionally three. After 2-3 weeks the the cubs are moved from a natal- to a communal den. Cubs are only allowed to suckle from their own mother under normal circumstances.

From what I can glean, I suspect you are seeing communal denning of cubs by related females. Females have to forage for food further from the den depending on rank and thus might not be encountered at the den at the same time.

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Unread postby Liam » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:50 pm

I recently read somewhere that Hyena's in Kruger scavenge more than they hunt compared to Hyena's in the Serengeti who hunt more than they scavenge. Is this true and has anyone seen Hyena hunt in KNP?
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