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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby shortcourse » Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:01 pm

Oops - sorry for having gone off topic there!!!

Regarding Brown Hyenas, I for one would not write off them being in Kruger somewhere, especially further North in the dryer regions. On a side note, I highly recommend a read of Mark and Delia Owens' book "Cry of the Kalahari" - quite an old book but set in the Kalahari with the focus of the book being on their experiences there and trying to find out more about the Brown Hyena.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby onewithnature » Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:11 am

Totally and valiantly so. But it would be most informative if someone in the know could tell us for sure whether brown hyaena in fact reside in the Park. One guy who sounded like an expert at Maholoholo a few years ago insisted that Brown Hyaena are entirely extinct from Kruger.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:53 pm

I would agree with that.

Someone could prove me wrong with a pic and an integrity certificate though.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby DuQues » Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:57 pm

christo wrote:Are we off topic yet? :hmz:

Not entirely no, they haven't been seen in the wild for a long time too. :lol:
Expect a bit of a broom here though...

Ontopic: I'll contact someone, maybe the Cybertrackers have noted spoor or actual sightings of the brownies (not the cakes!).
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby onewithnature » Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:36 pm

This is exciting stuff - the quest for the re-emergence of the Brown Hyaena in southern Africa. You mean they haven't even been sighted recently in the wild areas of the west? (I thought they were more common there.)
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Penny » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:13 am

It is more than 20 years since we saw a Brown Hyaena at Kumana Dam but having said that I saw one in April last year in the Greater Kruger area and I do not believe that there is any earthly reason why they would not be present in Kruger! It is surely a matter of time before a night drive spots one or alternatively maybe the trails rangers see spoor! An interesting scenario I agree!
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Anthony » Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:00 pm

Thank for the replys and input guys. Very interesting subject. But still no picture from in KNP... hmmm proof is in the picture!!
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Jose » Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:57 pm

A single individual was sighted in (I believe) Sep last year in the southern areas of the Timbavati. Less than 5 kms from the Kruger border (Orpen area).
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:46 am

Ja, well, then they must certainly be present in Kruger. Strange, though, that they're not seen regularly there - after all, there are a million visitors a year (although probably 10% of those have a chance of seeing brown hyaena, judging from the speeds and times they travel), and loads of Park staff out in the field. Perhaps it is competition from other predators?
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:20 am

This is from a rather old book, "Predators of Southern Africa", by Hans Grobelar, Anthony Hill Martin and Clive Walker.

"High densities of Spotted Hyenas are probably the main reaon for their virtual absence from areas like the Kruger National Park ad Hluhluwe Game Reserve".

The book was printer in 1984, but I notice the phrase, "virtual absence", not complete absence.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:23 am

Thanks, MM, for your diligent investigation. The picture has gelled nicely with all the expert info on this forum recently. Enjoy your cuppa, by the way.
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:03 pm

Virtual absence 25 years ago probably means total absence today.
Young spotties sometimes confuse people because of their absence of spots.
Show us, the unbelievers, a pic please, not somebody's cousin once heard of someone who might.....

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:25 am

I am making enquiries as well .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:06 pm

DuQues wrote:But as for kruger....
Cybertracker has no data at all. There were reports from Woodlands section early 80’s, and more recently Mr. Rob Thomson spotted a brownie at Pafuri in September 2002. Which is quite recent, especially as it's nocturnal.


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I received independent confirmation of above a few minutes ago .
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Re: Brown Hyena in Kruger?

Unread postby Safrica » Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:23 pm

nice to hear they do seem to be still around in the KNP-area


not that I dared wishing to spot them myself on my next trip :tongue:
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