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Re: Decoding the Hyena's laugh

Unread post by bornfree » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:41 am

Hi - this is very interesting and I will definately listen with more awareness next time I hear them.

Thanks for sharing. :D

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread post by granjan » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:36 pm

I think this might have been this little one's first outing, spotted on the main road just south of Oliphant's bridge last month.

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread post by hyena_spot » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:56 pm

oh my, what a prescious little piece of fur!!!
I wish to come across such a beautiful sighting once I'm there in September...

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread post by Impisi08 » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:32 am

Great video,

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread post by » Wed May 05, 2010 10:21 pm

granjan wrote:I think this might have been this little one's first outing, spotted on the main road just south of Oliphant's bridge last month...

Just south of Olifants? We have seen mating hyena's just south of olifants... Maybe this is the result??? Is it an idea to put the film of the mating hyena's online?
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread post by anne-marie » Sat May 08, 2010 6:35 pm

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread post by DotDan » Mon May 24, 2010 11:34 am

Actually got me thinking about me previous sightings of Hyena's in the wild.

You won't easily find males and females side by side (unless at a kill etc) but females chase males away quite quickly from a den as they don't really approve of them being there..

I remember this one sighting last year where we came to a sighting of a female lying in the middle of the road with 2-3 pups suckling on her... when a (what I can only imagine) is a male came from the bushes and she was not impressed at all.. chased him around for a couple of metres with his tail between his legs...

Watch the thing go on for a couple of minutes before she relaxed and let him/her stay.. by then the little ones disappeared into the dense bush... manage to get a shot of them standing next to each other... So if my theory is correct, then this probably shows the size difference in males and females.


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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Sat Jun 05, 2010 6:07 pm

The only time I have known for sure that I was looking at two of the opposite sex, was when I witnessed a pair mating in the dry Biyamiti River on the camp road. :D Quite a sighting!
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread post by Malealea » Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:56 pm

@ Ice

to tell the Gender of Hayenas is not that easy toi say. The reason is that females have an Organ which looks like a Penis. Indeed it is not the Penis but another Organmy be Cltors I do not earlier times Hayenas were claimed as Hybrides because f that reason. The best thing you look at the size, the females are much bigger then males. I hope I could help you.
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread post by NickyG » Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:08 pm

Yeah,quite right..... it is the clitoris which is penile shaped in the female Hyeana. The only way Im aware of to tell them apart, is the tip of both organs. (Male has testes ina scrotal sac, and teh female has a sac although its fat filled).

The tip of teh male is more cube-shaped, and teh female is less so, being half-square to rounded.(blunt).

The scrotum in males is more lobed than the false one females have. I have read of other differences like a sloping belly, but for teh less inexperienced (and completely notice like myself) would be impossible to tell apart. Im just grateful to see one in Addo :)
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread post by ice » Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:20 pm

I already knew about the pseudo-penis and hermaphrodite myst but thanks anyway, the latter comments helped me a lot

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread post by El-Bok » Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:19 pm

Some hyena pics I took on this trip



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hyena with pup on Phembeni-skukuza road

Unread post by Massimo » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:13 pm

Hi guys i have just returned from the park today (tp coming soon i promise) and i just wanted to let you guys know that there is a hyena with a pup on the phembeni road towards skukuza! It is only found around 3pm, but in the morning it is not there but we looked in the afternoon 3 times and it was there!

If you are entering through the gate and are heading towards skukuza you will come across a 4 way stop +-5km from the gate! You can either head left towards Pretoriuskop, right on the S1 (i think) and straight towards skukuza! Head straight and it is exactly 1.4km from the this 4way stop on your left hand side!

If anyone is there go have a look and let me know if it is still there? Thought id let you guys know as the pup is still completely brown so it cant be that old! Will post pictures asap of them!!
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Re: Hyena Scare

Unread post by 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: hyena with pup on Phembeni-skukuza road

Unread post by Safari Girl » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:35 am

I saw them both around the 13th of June. The pup was still pitch black and resembled a mongoose more than a hyena. The den is on the right hand side of the road when you are driving from Phabeni. The mother has a large scar on her neck.

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