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Hyena IN skukuza camp!

Unread postby ossendryver » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:59 pm

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Hyena
IN Skukuza next to Restuarant (East)
Walked right past me!!!
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Hyena inside Skukuza camp last night
Woke up around 23h00 last night to find a Hyena going through the trash can outside. Was huge.
Reported it to On duty manager last night. Not sure if it was found.
Perfect sighting but dangerous I guess.
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Re: Hyena IN skukuza camp!

Unread postby leander09 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:56 am

Hi all

This hyena has been in camp for n while now. We were camping there in June 2012 and I was sitting at the braai the morning having some coffee at about 05:30 am waiting for the gates to open and he/she sneaked up on me. It is actually a big hyena because i was sitting on a camping chair and it looked me straight in the eye.
I do not know who got the biggest freight me or the hyena and I jumped up and could only get out "my f*k hyena" and he ran off.

Over the next few days it was seen a lot at the caravans and at the ablutions late night and very early morning.

I hope they are trying to catch it.
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Re: Hyena IN skukuza camp!

Unread postby wbevents » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:50 pm

....they were also reported/spotted in skukuza end of june this year during the holidays, we left the absa guesthouse (10 children in our group..) and the next night one was spotted in the garden of the house... :big_eyes: think the children were too noisy the night before !!
We did report, and also told them were they are coming through the fence near the absa house, no feedback etc. Did also find out that final year students are busy with a study project on the behaviour of the skukuza/village hyena clan's behaviour ( to those away from human habitation) as they apparently only eat/scavenge from the rubbish bins in the village. The den near scientific services apparently accounts for 19 hyenas.

But surely they should have done someting by now to the fence..... :hmz:
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Re: Hyena IN skukuza camp!

Unread postby Gabrielle » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:21 am

Hi All

I contacted Peter Dlamini, the Hospitality Services Manager at Skukuza the next morning and informed him about the Hyena. Peter said they would find the Hyena and release it outside the camp. He also said they would look for the hole where the Hyena's are coming through.
After speaking to him this morning, he said that Rangers spent the whole night looking for the Hyena and the hole. :clap: I have asked him to let me know once they have more information. I will then post it here. :popcorn: Thanks
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Re: Hyena IN skukuza camp!

Unread postby pops » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:00 am

Hi All. When we first visited KNP (1966) we saw hyenas in Skuks every night so this is not something new. Always sat up to see them and didn't feel threatened.

You would sometimes see more than one patrolling around the camp.

Must confess that I, in my ignorance, failed to report the matter to the camp authorities but i"m sure they were aware of the problem.

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Re: Hyena IN skukuza camp!

Unread postby GlenD » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:02 am

I agree with pops

This is definitley no new problem. My dad told me once of lions laying around the communal fire inside the old Rabelais camp.
In 1987 I heard a leopard being caught inside Berg-en-Dal. Saw him in the cage after he was darted by the ranger.
My uncle was in Skukuza one year (early 90's i recall) when a leopard got inside the camp. A big group of visitors cornered and terrorized the poor thing.

We are visiting their environment and should take care esp at night.
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Re: Hyena IN skukuza camp!

Unread postby Ifubesi » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:22 am

Reminds me of a trip to Skukuza a few years ago. My brother went for a shower one night and almost bumped into a hyena coming out of the ablution block! So these hyena visits have been going on for many years and these clever creatures keep on finding ways to get into the camp, to the frustration of management.
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Re: Heyna Den location Kruger

Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:01 pm

Hi Leo21,
The den that I mentioned in the culvert near Skukuza on the Kruger Gate Road, was already a "well established" den Dec 2010. Here is some pics for your Hubby:

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These 2 youngsters greeted us earlier this year between Napi loop and the Shitlave Dam on the Numbi Road (H1-1):

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I will also post a few pics from the den mentioned by me and t-bal.

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Re: Heyna Den location Kruger

Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:09 pm

Leo21 (and t-bal),

Pics from the S130 near Duke's waterhole. t-bal also posted photos of the same group (BTW I like the name "Patches" :gflower: ):

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Re: Hyena IN skukuza camp!

Unread postby Gabrielle » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:47 pm

Peter Dlamini, the Hospitality Services Manager at Skukuza informed me that all the hyenas were darted including the warthogs and they were removed out of the camp.
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Re: Hyena IN skukuza camp!

Unread postby bert » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:59 pm

Saw the hyena (female) walking around the permantent tents on the 15th
We were enjoying our coffee when she walking past us.
And visited my friends tent and went on her way again.

did not feel treated at all.

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Re: Heyna Den location Kruger

Unread postby Trentonskeeper » Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:22 pm

Approximitly 2km from Afsal coming from Berg N Dal is a Den on the right hand side of the road. We saw a mom and her 4 pups daily last week.

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60+ Hyena Fight

Unread postby ossendryver » Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:52 am

Hi all,

This happened this morning at around 7:00am

Two Hyena clans (+- 30+ in each clan) in a stand-off over a kill.
The clan on the right hand side made the kill (not sure of the type) but came out of the bush and charged the clan on the left side. Unknown number of hyenas in the bush on both sides of the road
Place: 900 metres north of the Southern Entrance of the Gomondwane Loop, H4-2 tar road.
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Re: 60+ Hyena Fight

Unread postby lion queen » Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:56 am

WOW!!!!!

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Re: 60+ Hyena Fight

Unread postby Rooies » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:07 am

This must have been awesome to watch. I personally have never seen so many hyenas together.
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